Developing Positive Eating Habits: A practical approach to sharing best practice
Thursday 25th November 2010
Royal College of Surgeons, London.
Study Day 2010
Infants and toddlers need a varied, balanced diet to thrive. But healthy eating in the early years isn’t only important for growth and development; what and how parents feed young children affects their eating habits – and consequently their health – when they grow older. Current research suggests that improving early nutrition could prevent serious health problems later in life, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
Presented by a multi-disciplinary group of experts with firsthand experience in child nutrition and development, the Infant & Toddler Forum Study Day ‘Developing positive eating habits – a practical approach to sharing responsibility’ highlighted the importance of consistent, simple and sound advice that can be applied everywhere toddlers are fed, and explored the role we all play in providing children with the opportunity to develop positive eating habits.
Welcome and introduction: Developing positive eating habits
Toddlers eat in a variety of settings. Messages that reach across the board are needed to ensure that healthcare professionals and childcare workers know what a healthy meal looks like.
Gill Harris, Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist at the Children`s Hospital, Birmingham.
What are toddlers eating and where?
With people spending their food budgets on eating out, coupled with the high number of toddlers in childcare and nurseries, more is needed to ensure there are core steps on healthy eating and feeding for childcare professionals and parents to adhere to.
Alison Lennox, Head of Population Nutrition Research MRC Human Nutrition, Research.
Behaviour and feeding: Influencing the development of healthy eating
What are the key motivators we can all adopt to help toddlers develop good eating habits and have a positive relationship with food?
What should guide feeding choices for toddlers? Introducing ‘The Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers’
Compared to five years ago, parents are asking for more nutritional advice about toddlers from healthcare professionals. This talk delivered the context and rationale for the ‘Ten Steps’ and also gave and overview of the ‘Ten Steps’ themselves.
Judy More, leading Paediatric Dietitian
Using the Ten Steps in practice
It will take time to translate education into real changes such as improving food choices, healthier diets and longer lives. We all need to work together to maintain the momentum.
Fay Spence, Early Years Development Manager, Pre-school Learning Alliance
Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers – A Case Study
An example of the effective impact of the ITF’s Ten Steps in a working nursery.
Michelle Alexander, Nursery Manager, Happy Child Nurseries