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									       Application Week 4

       Kristie Davenport

Child, Health, Safety and Nutrition

       Walden University

       July 3, 2011/Week 4

       Professor Sachs
                                               Application Week 4

          Given the shift that society has taken as far as the manner in which meals are served

and where children are eating the majority of their meals, it is vital to teach them positive

eating habits and the ability to make nutritious choices when choices are given.

          This training needs to start at the very beginning at infancy. A child’s body grows and

develops the most during the first year than any other time in his/her life. (2010, Robertson)

For obvious reasons, breast milk is the best choice for the first 6 months. A mother’s breast

milk is produced specifically for her baby with the appropriate nutrients for that child.

Gradually as the child shows a need for more substance in his diet new foods can be

introduced. As the baby’s possible allergies are unknown it needs to be a very slow and careful

process so as not to subject the baby to unnecessary discomfort. By respecting an infant’s

obvious likes and dislikes in foods could possibly avoid the beginning of negative food control


          When the child reaches the toddler stage and is able to sit up at the table and

manipulate a spoon and drink from a sippy cup, mealtime can become more of a time of

interaction with others as well as eating. New foods should be introduced continuously and

encouraged but never forced upon a child. Years ago my doctor told me that it has happened

that a child will have a natural aversion to foods that he may be allergic to. At this stage table

manners can be started with appropriate expectations for this age group and a lot of modeling

by the adults.
        By the preschool year’s mealtime is definantly a social time that they enjoy. Adult

interaction is very important here for preschoolers may use this time to entertain as well as eat

so a teacher or parent needs to monitor the interactions closely and be a part of them. At this

point children can become more help in the preparation of the meals or snack which is both

educational and good for the child’s moral to feel like a contributor to the meal. Table manners

and positive social skills should be acknowledged during these times and encouraged. Positive

role modeling by adults is the best form of instruction for these children for they will imitate

without even being told to. Children need to learn good eating habits so that they come

naturally without thinking and they can stick with them for a lifetime. Meals can be such a

positive part of a child’s day from the preparation to the eating and interacting with those

around them.

I taught a unit on Mexico and made three different items that all together made a delicious and

nutritious lunch for everyone.

Cheese Nachos

1 large bag tortilla chips

3lbs. Cheddar Cheese (grated, good activity for older 4’s and 5’s)

Layers chips and cheese on cookie sheet sprayed with Pam

2 Avocados pitted and cubed

1 tomato diced

1 small onion diced

Juice of 1 lime

¼ cup green pepper or hotter of you like

Mix and mash ingredients together until desired consistency.


2 tomatoes diced

1 small onion diced

¼ cup green pepper

½ bunch cilantro torn into small pieces

Fresh jalapenos to taste

Mix ingredients with fresh lime juice
The nachos provide the calcium, protein and grain, the guacamole provides vitamin A from the

avocado and vitamin C from the tomato and more vitamin A from the salsa.


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