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Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime: Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

The Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime: Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure toolkit was developed in collaboration with the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics to address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in Ohio.  The Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime curriculum combines the prevention program, Ounce of Prevention, and the obesity curative program, Pound of Cure; and adds material for parents to help them determine the best nutrition and physical activity for their child based on their child’s developmental stage.

By providing the nutrition and physical activity messages and routinely reviewing the child’s height and weight, many cases of childhood obesity will be prevented. It is important for this messaging to begin at birth during well-child visits or other health-care provider appointments, i.e., WIC Program, Child and Family Health Services, HeadStart, daycare, after-school programs, etc., since a child’s eating habits are formed by the time they are 2 years old.

  

Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime Handouts

Newborn - 4 months old                    

(English)    (Spanish

            2 years old

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4 - 6 months old

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            3 years old

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6 - 12 months old

(English)    (Spanish)

            4 years old

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12 -24 months old

(English)    (Spanish)

            5 years old

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By providing the nutrition and physical activity messages and routinely reviewing the child’s height and weight, many cases of childhood obesity will be prevented. It is important for this messaging to begin at birth during well-child visits or other health-care provider appointments, i.e., WIC Program, Child and Family Health Services, HeadStart, daycare, after-school programs, etc., since a child’s eating habits are formed by the time they are 2 years old.

Provider Anticipatory Guides

   

Additional Handouts

Newborn      15 months old                             Healthy Bones and Teeth        
         
2 months old 18 months old    Healthy Servings for Children 2-3 
        
4 months old 24 months old    Healthy Servings for Children 4-8
     
6 months old  3 years old    Snacks from 5 Food Groups
       
9 months old  4 years old     
       
12 months old     5 years old     

 

The nutrition and physical activity messages are evidence-based as recommended by the Expert Committee within the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and the American Academy of Pediatrics. These materials were developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics-Ohio Chapter, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the American Dairy Association Mideast and the Ohio State University. Funding for this initial program was provided in part by an educational grant to the Ohio Chapter AAP Foundation from Abbott Nutrition, a division of Abbott.

 

Last Reviewed 1/07/2014