Infant and Toddler Forum supports National Obesity Awareness Week

Infant & Toddler Forum supports National Obesity Awareness Week, 13th – 19th January

This week is National Obesity Awareness Week 2014. The Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) is delighted to support this initiative and encourage families to make a new start in 2014 with healthier lifestyle choices.

We know what happens to children in their earliest years is key to health outcomes in adult life. We also know that making lifestyle changes can be a challenge. The Forum encourage a step wise approach to health and wellbeing placing the emphasis on simple, practical advice so that families can take small steps towards better health that are impossible not to achieve.

The ITF’s award-winning Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers programme provides families with simple, practical tips that help promote good habits for health, growth and development.
ITF is an independent, multi-disciplinary group of experts from paediatrics, neonatology, health visiting, dietetics and child psychology, specialising in early-years nutrition and development. To speak to a member of the ITF for comment on the issues discussed during National Obesity

Awareness Week, contact Neil Hardman on 0208 9716419 or email

The ITF is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Danone Baby Nutrition. However its views are independent of Danone Baby Nutrition and its commercial interests, and its outputs are the intellectual property of the Forum members with whom copyright rests.

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Further Reading

  • Vegetarian and vegan diets have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with more and more parents raising their children on a plant-based diet. Toddlers have high-energy needs and small stomachs, so it is important parents know how to ensure their child gets all the nutrients needed for healthy growth and development. The Infant & Toddler Forum are here to help with practical tips and advice for parents considering a vegetarian or vegan diet for their toddler.
  • Encouraging toddlers to keep physically active will help them to develop movement skills, stay a healthy weight and keep a healthy heart. No matter the weather, we have fun activities which will keep your toddler active and entertained this Easter!
  • Pregnant women are given lots of advice surrounding healthy eating and lifestyle, but this is often based on old or outdated information. There are so many myths and misconceptions floating around that it can be difficult for mums-to-be to tell fact from fiction. Here are our tips and guidance, so you can feel confident about having a healthy pregnancy.