Nutrition Guidance in Healthy Children (NGHC) (2-11 yrs) (2011-2013)

Nutrition Guidance in Healthy Children (NGHC) (2-11 yrs) (2011-2013)

Welcome to the Nutrition Guidance in Healthy Children project page. This project was published in 2013. Highlights of this project include:
  • Target audience of children between 2-11 years of age.
  • Four (4) sub-topic areas of Childhood Nutrition and Advetising, Childhood Nutrition and Growth, Childhood Nutrition and Lifestyle Factors, and Prevention of Chronic Disease. Use the links on the left to access the evidence analysis questions and results.
  • An Academy Position Paper was published. Expand the Project Resources section below to access a copy of the article and other resources.
  • Visit the Pediatric Overweight project for additional information.
  • Project Resources
    The following resources from this project were developed:
    • Position Paper: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Aged 2-11 Years 
      Abstract: It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that children ages 2 to 11 years should achieve optimal physical and cognitive development, attain a healthy weight, enjoy food, and reduce the risk of chronic disease through appropriate eating habits and participation in regular physical activity. The health status of American children has generally improved during the past 3 decades. However, the number of children who are overweight has more than doubled among 2- to 5-year-old children and more than tripled among 6- to 11-year-old children, which has major health consequences. This increase in childhood overweight has broadened the focus of dietary guidance to address children's overconsumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods and beverages and physical activity patterns. Health promotion will help reduce diet-related risks of chronic degenerative diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, and osteoporosis. This position reviews what US children are eating and explores trends in food and nutrient intakes as well as the impact of school meals on children's diets. Dietary recommendations and guidelines and the benefits of physical activity are also discussed. The roles of parents and caregivers in influencing the development of healthful eating behaviors are highlighted. Specific recommendations and sources of nutrition messages to improve the nutritional well-being of children are provided for food and nutrition professionals. J Am Diet Assoc 2008;108:1038-1047  (PDF)
       
    • Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Project Results Presentation - this 20-slide MS PowerPoint presentation includes the conclusion statements and grades of the project. Ideal for you to use for meetings, in-service presentations and classes (not designed for the consumer).  Click to order.

     
  • Project Team
    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup Members
    • Catherine McDonald, PhD, RD, LDN, Chair
    • Linda Arpino, MA, RD, LDN
    • Katie Brown, EdD, RD, LD
    • Terezie Mosby, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, LDN
    • Mary Mullen, MS, RD, LDN
    • Beth Ogata, MS, RD
    Project Manager
    • Anna Murphy, MPH, RD, LDN
    • Mujahed Khan, MBA, RD
    Lead Analyst
    • Kyle Thompson, MS, RD, CSG, CD, CNSD
    Association Position Papers Committee Workgroup
    • Linda Godfrey, MS, RD, SNS, LD
    • Aida Miles, MMSc, RD, CSp, LD, CNSD
    • Terri Verason, MS, RD
    Academy Staff
    • Deborah Cummins, PhD
    Financial Contributor
    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers.
    • None of the workgroup members listed above disclosed potential conflicts.