To get the word out about nutrition during pregnancy and early in a child’s life, maternal and child health organizations are participating in “March for Nutrition,” an online awareness campaign during National Nutrition Month. The effort is spearheaded by the organization 1,000 Days, which focuses on the first 1000 days – between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s first birthday – as an important opportunity to give a child the best start in life.
Malnutrition – typically caused by poverty – has a lasting effect on a baby’s life. So what can be done?
- Pregnant women should eat a nutritious diet and take prenatal vitamins. Regular prenatal care is also important.
- Breastfeed – breast milk provides protection against infection and disease.
- Once children are old enough, provide them with solids foods that are packed with healthy proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals to build strong bodies and brains.
Healthy babies and toddlers are more likely to complete more school, earn more as adults and raise healthier families. Share stories, support and information by following #March4Nutrition on Facebook and Twitter.
For local nutrition resources, check out: WIC, SNAP, Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition Resource List.