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August Newsletter

How does Nutrition affect Children's Development

Almost 2 in 3 children between six months and two years of age are not fed food that supports their rapidly growing bodies and brains. This puts them at risk of poor brain development, weak learning, low immunity, increased infections and, in many cases, death. Nutrition is especially important during pregnancy and infancy, which are crucial periods for the formation of the brain, laying the foundation for the development of cognitive, motor, and socio-emotional skills throughout childhood and adulthood. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 years of age don't consume any added sugar at all. And kids 2 and older should have no more than 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) of added sugar daily. "Many sources of protein provide important nutrients like vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc, iron and magnesium and its part of nearly every cell in your body," says Jennifer Williams, MPH, nutrition research scientist with Abbott.


In-Hand Manipulation Activities

Here are some activity ideas for promoting in-hand manipulation skills in children.

  • Picking up and flipping coins ⠀

  • Spinning tops ⠀

  • Stringing beads or paper clips ⠀

  • Cotton swab painting ⠀

  • Hole punch art ⠀

  • Playing a game of Jacks ⠀

  • Playing card games


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