Thursday, June 30th, 2005
Nutrition Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers
Start Healthy Feeding Guidelines for Children Ages 0 to 24 Months are being developed by the USDA-ARS Childrenâ€™s Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), American Dietetic Association and Gerber Food Products Company.
From the news release: â€œWe felt that there was a lot of information out there for when a child
is first born,â€ says Nancy Butte, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and
CNRC. â€œBut there was really no concrete guidance for parents feeding
children aged 6 to 24 months.â€
Guideline topics include coping with food allergies and sensitivities,
how to feed infants and develop childrenâ€™s self-feeding skills, and the
importance of physical activity.
It’s disappointing to see the government partnering with a food manufacturer to present nutrition education. Surprise, surprise, the Start Healthy web site is interspersed with Gerber product plugs. But, Gerber did do a better job packaging the information in a friendly manner than I’ve seen from any government site.
‘Knowing what’s best for baby to eat’ [usda.gov] Expanded article based on the USDA news release.
Feeding Guidelines for Toddlers brochure [1.9MB PDF from American Dietetic Association at eatright.org]
Start Healthy, Stay Healthy web site [gerber.com] Includes PDF feeding plans and feeding charts.
Alternate Start Healthy, Stay Healthy front page [gerber.com] This page is tailored to the news release, but could be temporary for the promotion of this news announcement.