Title

Child Nutrition

Publication Year

2005

Keywords

Nutrition, childhood, health, education, biology

Disciplines

Education | Health and Physical Education | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health

Abstract

For my honors capstone biology project I researched child health and nutrition, in order to determine if there is enough importance being placed upon this matter in schools, homes and in the media. I based my analysis on population trends of nutritional intake of children in California to see if children are eating appropriately according to the nutritional guidelines set by the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid. I also researched which foods were often available in elementary school cafeterias and determined which foods are primarily advertised to young children by reading journal articles. I then determined if there are specific foods that are being neglected that are very important for the growth and development of young children. Following this research, I implemented an English/Spanish program that teaches young children that fundamentals and importance of nutrition. It emphasizes the importance of making the choice to eat healthy, by eating the recommended amounts of foods from all the food groups, with an emphasis on whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and milk products. It also emphasizes the importance of staying physically active. The goal of the program is for children to understand why eating properly and exercising are important. Children will understand they are responsible for their bodies. I began using materials and ideas at the North Redlands Head Start Preschool, to further develop it and make sure that it is appropriate for the age group as well as being comprehensible. I then went to Our Lady of Assumption School in San Bernardino to talk to the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grade classes about nutrition and surveyed the first and sixth grade dietary intake. I aimed at combining all emphases by giving an overview. I have a passion for children, and feel that nutrition should be focused on more in schools, homes and in the media. I plan on having my own non-profit organization for low income families focusing on health promotion and prevention especially in young children after I attain the necessary degrees. My findings have definitely aided me in my journey.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Biology

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