In recognition of the importance of nutrition education and practices, the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has designated March as National Nutrition Month.
Infancy, childhood and adolescence are characterized by rapid physical growth and development, and the health every infant, child and adolescent is founded on good nutrition. As pediatricians, we are very aware that nutritional needs and practices vary over the many stages of a child’s growth and development, and while there are published guidelines and recommended daily requirements, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” when it comes to planning how to meet your child’s nutritional needs. In addition, we are very aware too the role eating patterns play in preventing pediatric overweight and obesity.
At Willows, we are happy to answer the many questions we receive about infant feeding, picky eaters, portion size, and the role vitamins play in ensuring the health of our families. Parents who have additional questions or concerns may want to meet with our registered dietician, Abby Greenspun, MS, RD, CDN. Abby offers the highest level of nutritional counseling and can offer personally tailored advice and guidance on many topics. Some examples are:
- Nutrition for appropriate growth—How to provide adequate energy and essential nutrients to ensure appropriate growth, and prevent overweight or obesity.
- Development of feeding and eating skills—How to choose feedings for your toddler or child that provide all the essential nutrients and support the development of appropriate eating skills.
- Nutrition for children and adolescents with special health care needs— For conditions such as food allergies, celiac disease, and lactose in tolerance, how to recognize the special nutrient demands and any need for supplemental vitamins or minerals related to your child’s specific health condition, as well as suggestions for providing these nutritional components in an effective and family centered way.
If you would like to meet with Abby, please speak to your physician, physician assistant or nurse in our office. Or, simply call our office and speak to/or leave a message with Geri at extension 1241.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Healthy Children from the American Academy of Pediatrics