Childhood Nutrition : Taking A Closer Look At The Mixed Messages We Send Our Kids

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Childhood Nutrition - Taking a Closer Look at the Mixed Messages We Send Our Kids
By Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat
Jun 4, 2009
Children 's nutrition is a loaded subject. At no other time in our lives is building a solid foundation for health more important. Yet, at no other time in our lives are we so completely at the mercy of others making decisions for us.

That means it 's up to the grown-ups in a child 's life to understand the importance of healthy food (and beverage) choices in order to introduce healthy habits to their children.

Easier said than done! It seems as though, in the case of children 's nutrition specifically, the simplicity of healthy choices becomes muddled with strange connotations of what a "happy childhood" should be and what our oftentimes skewed views of food are as adults.

Our society is familiar with the concept of an early window of opportunity to teach children things like foreign languages or a skill, like playing a musical instrument. We 've heard that children are at peak developmental stages very early in life, and therefore we should maximize their opportunities by teaching them these advanced concepts at early ages.

Whether you agree or not, have applied it with your children or not, it 's a socially acceptable concept that seems to make sense to most people. It 's peculiar that, as a society, we don 't yet understand that the very same principles apply to the health of a child.

The early developmental years are a critical time for…

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