School Feeding Program
|Schools also try to inform children and parents of healthy nutrition through these posters.|
Above copied from The Rappler
Of course, one should note that the above study is from the United States where programs that respond to early childhood as well as maternal nutrition do exist. For example, in Fairfax county, there is a Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This program provides:
A Monthly Nutritious Food Package
WIC provides nutritious foods to supplement the dietary needs of WIC clients. The foods provided by the WIC program are rich in protein, iron, calcium and vitamin A and C. These nutrients are commonly shown to be lacking in the diets of WIC clientele.
Even with this safety net, a significant number of young children still experience episodes of food insecurity. Social and emotional behavior, as well as approaches or attitudes toward learning are compromised even with just one episode.
- Pregnant women and partially breastfeeding women (up to 1 year postpartum) receive: juice, milk, breakfast cereal, eggs, cash vouchers for fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread, and beans or peanut butter.
- Fully breastfeeding women (up to 1 year postpartum) receive the same as above, plus, cheese and canned fish.
- Postpartum (up to 6 months postpartum) women receive the same as pregnant and partially breastfeeding women; but, no bread and less milk and juice.
- Fully formula fed infants (0 to 6 months of age) receive: iron fortified formula or any other state allowable infant formula if ordered by the physician.
- Fully formula fed infants (6 to 12 months of age) receive the same as above, plus, infant cereal and baby food fruits and vegetables.
- Partially breastfed infants receive the same as fully formula fed; but, less formula.
- Fully breastfed infants (6 to 12 months of age) receive: Infant cereal, twice as much baby food fruits and vegetables, and baby food meat.Children (1 year up to 5th birthday) receive: juice, milk, breakfast cereal, eggs, cash vouchers for fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread, and beans or peanut butter.
Providing a healthy and education environment for children is important. This, however, needs to begin with ensuring a healthy pregnancy, and good nutrition during the infant, toddler and preschool years. Nutritional deficiencies at these erly stages can have dramatic effects on the development of a child's brain. This is no different from the fact that schools in the Philippines are facing serious challenges in the elementary years. Two years of additional high school cannot solve this problem. The government simply cannot wait until children enter school before it acts.