1000 days is the pivotal period that covers pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life.
270 days (Pregnancy)
365 days (First Year)
365 days (Second Year)
During this period, children discover tastes and develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Why a 1000-day period?
- Because the effects of proper maternal nutrition during pregnancy have been proven beyond doubt.
- Because a child’s nutrition during the first two years of life affects growth, development, and health.
- Because eating habits are learned early in life.
- Because there is an important gap between the recommended children’s diet and what Québec children actually eat, and this gap is even greater in families living in poverty (Nutritional Survey of Québec Four-Year-Olds / Enquête de nutrition auprès des enfants québécois de 4 ans, Institut de la statistique du Québec).
This is why The Fondation OLO launched the 1000 Days to Savour Life project, which has broadened the scope of its work with families.
For more information on The Fondation OLO’s actions.