National Nutrition Month 2018
March is National Nutrition Month. So let’s delve into infant nutrition.
A new report has shown the vital importance a healthy diet plays in the First 1,000 Days of a human being’s life – that’s from conception all the way to a child’s second birthday. The study found that infants need five times more nutrition than adults during this important period of growth and development and added that poor nutrition can lead to a lifetime of health and social challenges that can be both devastating and irreversible.
Nutrition during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. In fact, a growing body of scientific evidence shows that the foundations of a person’s lifelong health—including their predisposition to obesity and certain chronic diseases—are largely set during this 1,000 day window.
It is why it is critical that women and children get the right nutrition during this time. Malnutrition early in life can cause irreversible damage to children’s brain development and their physical growth, leading to a diminished capacity to learn, poorer performance in school, greater susceptibility to infection and disease and a lifetime of lost earning potential. It can even put them at increased risk of developing illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers later in life.
This all might sound a little scary at first but it also means the first 1,000 days of a child’s life provide parents with an incredible window of opportunity to help ensure their little one's future health is protected and their potential is maximized.
At Little Foodie Club our goal is to be part of that journey and provide babies with the best nutrition possible.