Healthy Eating and Brain Development Essay

1713 Words Jul 16th, 2009 7 Pages
Healthy Eating and Brain Development

Axia College of University of Phoenix

Healthy brain development has a direct relationship with proper nutrition. Toddler’s need a well balanced diet that will help with their brain development and achievement for the future. Poor nutrition before birth and the first few years of life can lead to neurological and behavioral disorders. For children under the age of two, healthy eating has a positive impact on the development of their brains. Healthy eating and nutrition plays an important role in the brain development of young children; improving their motor skills, academics, and immune system.
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Sources for Vitamin A include dark green and dark yellow plants along with carrots. Another cost is less physical capability to work and lower Intelligence quotient (IQ in adults who suffered malnutrition in childhood. In Marie Ruels research she found adults who were not given the proper nutrition had lower educational achievement and were more susceptible to sickness, disability and generally led inactive lifestyles compounding their health problems. However, there are programs to help struggling families to ensure proper nutrition. WIC Women, Infants, and Children) is a Federal grant program that provides nutrition education and funds for essential nutritional food for low income families. The program is available in all 50 states and, 34 Indian Tribal Organizations, Guam, Puerto Rico along with the Virgin Islands. WIC provides services to low income, pregnant and postpartum women along with infants to children up to the age of 5. (Nutrition and Program Facts 2009) there are guidelines that need to be met to be eligible for the program. For example: a family of 5 in the lower 48 states must have an income of no greater than $45,880 annually to be able to be eligible for the program. To illustrate some of the examples the recipient will be able to receive through WIC are foods rich in vitamin A and C, calcium, protein, and iron. Infants will receive iron fortified formula along with infant and adult

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