Nursing the future

By on October 19, 2018
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Nursing the future

Adequate and balanced nutrition for mother and baby during the first two years of life is vital for healthy infant growth and development

Author and journalist Roger Thurow said: ”If we want to shape the future, to truly improve the world, we have 1,000 days to do it, mother by mother, child by child, for what happens in those 1,000 days through pregnancy to the second birthday determines, to a large extent, the course of a child’s life, his/her ability to grow, learn, work, succeed and by extension, the long-term health, stability and prosperity of the society in which that child lives.”

The thousand days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday offer a window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures. The right nutrition during these days can have a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive, and a lasting effect on a nation’s health and prosperity.

Good nutrition during pregnancy and the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. In addition, a growing body of scientific research indicates that the foundations for lifelong health – including predispositions to obesity and certain chronic diseases – are largely set during this period.


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