Ten steps for healthy toddlers poster wins prestigious award

Poster presentation awarded first prize at the 2013 Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) conference.

A poster highlighting ten healthy steps for toddlers around food, feeding and activity, has won first prize at the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) conference on 21st – 22nd October 2013 in York.

The poster, entitled The measured outcomes of disseminating the ‘ten steps for healthy toddlers’ into childcare settings, was developed by the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) and presented by paediatric dietitian and Forum member Judy More. It explains how staff confidence and behaviour improved within early years settings after the Ten Steps were adopted into the policies and procedures of the early years settings that are managed by the Pre-School Learning Alliance. The ten Steps resource advises parents and carers on the benefits on feeding behaviours to encourage or discourage, which foods to offer, and how best to manage toddler mealtimes.

The poster impressed the judges by providing a practical resource that can be used immediately, and is relevant to both parents and carers, along with the health professionals who advise them.

Judy More, paediatric dietitian and member of the Infant & Toddler Forum, presented the poster at the conference. She said: “We’re delighted to win such a prestigious award and very proud to be recognised by the CPHVA for our work on toddler nutrition. This poster presented the benefits in early years settings of using a resource with simple, clear advice for parents, carers and health professionals. It’s important to have the support and validation of organisations like the CPHVA and we’re very happy to be this year’s winners.”

Dr Karen Whittaker, Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and part of the CPHVA poster presentation judging panel, says: “This poster is very comprehensive. The guide could be useful for health practitioners to use with families to help them make good nutritional choices for toddlers.”

Kitty Lamb, Health Visitor, Practice Teacher and Trustee of the CPHVA Education and Development Trust, said of the poster: “The two things that stood out to us were, firstly, the comprehensiveness and versatility of the ten healthcare steps meaning that they can be used by a wide range of health practitioners, and secondly, that these steps can be used in a wide variety of health and childcare settings.”

For more information, or to request copies of the poster, please contact Neil Hardman on 020 8971 6419 or nhardman@saycomms.co.uk

Notes to Editors

1. The Infant & Toddler Forum brings together an independent, multi-disciplinary team of experts and practitioners from paediatrics, neonatology, health visiting, dietetics, and child psychology, to share new ideas and to debate the latest thinking in infant and toddler nutrition. Best practice guidance on food and feeding for all young families is paramount for children’s health and wellbeing now and in the future For more than nine years the Forum and its partners have strived to raise awareness and promote positive change in the field of toddler nutrition and feeding behaviour, with all guidance being in alignment with DH increased emphasis on early years intervention.

2. The Infant & Toddler Forum is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Danone Baby Nutrition. The views and outputs of the group, however, remain independent of Danone Baby Nutrition and its commercial interest

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