Why Is Nutrition Important for Young Children?

In this episode of Ask a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Bessie O’Connor, answers the question, “How does good nutrition at an early age support the health of the whole child?”

Nutrition is critical for healthy growth and development. Bessie explains how optimal nutrition beginning at pregnancy, throughout infancy and during early childhood offers health benefits that last a lifetime. Learn how the first 1,000 days, or the period from conception to two years of age, have positive health benefits during childhood and beyond.

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