Archived Connect Session This webinar was sponsored by the CYFERnet Early Childhood Editorial Board and aired April 2012.
The preschool years are critical time for establishing healthy eating and activity behaviors as a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, most children are not meeting dietary or physical activity recommendations. This lecture will navigate through young children's developmental stages as it relates to food, nutrition and gross motor development. Discussions on strategies to promote healthful eating and physical activity in child care and at home will be explored.
The Webinar presenter was Laura Bellows, PhD, MPH, RD, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. Dr. Bellows is recognized for her work on the prevention of childhood obesity, for which she was recently honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Her work emphasizes nutrition and physical activity as well as educating parents and teachers, the primary role models for young children. Bellows has been involved with several programs for preschool-age children, including the nutrition-focused Food Friends and the physical fitness program Mighty Moves. She is a registered dietician and an assistant professor and extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University.
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