Level D - Foodworks

Extra Bite Solutions

Bite 1 - Healthy Food Selection


1a. Cooking with children

1. How can new foods be made more acceptable to a preschool child? Think of five ways and try them out!

2. Interview a dietitian, pediatrician, or pediatric nurse to find out how children's nutrient needs change between the ages of 1 and 10. Which nutrients are most often deficient in children's diets?

After infancy, a child's weight doubles from approximately 30 pounds to 60 pounds. The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA's) for most nutrients increase gradually during the first 10 years of a child's life; however, the number of calories they consume to meet those needs varies.

The nutrients most often deficient in children's diets, as shown in nutrition surveys, are iron, vitamin A, calcium, and to a lesser extent vitamin C.


1b. Finding help

1. Find out about the use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes during pregnancy. What syndromes or health risks to the unborn baby are associated with the use of these items?
Essentially, substance abuse during pregnancy results in potential prematurity, low birth weight, physical abnormalities, and addiction. Associated syndromes include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) for some cases of alcohol abuse and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in some cases of drug abuse.


1c. More than vegetables
All questions have either no right answer or involve personal feelings.


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