Growing children need proper nutrition

Giving a child a solid nutritional start has an impact for life on her or his physical, mental and social development. Malnutrition weakens the immune system, making a child susceptible to disease, increasing severity of illness and impeding recovery. A sick child, in turn, can quickly become malnourished. Just as the damaging effects of malnutrition can pass from one generation to the next, so can the benefits of good nutrition.

Age-appropriate breastfeeding and nourishing complementary foods, along with adequate health care, can break this vicious cycle. The period from birth to the age of three is a time of rapid growth and represents a singular opportunity to provide a child with a strong nutritional and immunological foundation.

The choices you and your children make are critical. Read more