For children under the age of two, it is parents and family who influence nutrition and the learning of healthy eating habits.
Parents exercise their influence in a number of ways:
• Exposing children to different foods and flavours
• Making healthy foods available and accessible
• Creating a pleasant mealtime environment
It’s important that parents be aware that they are role models and that their food choices have an impact on their child’s future eating behaviours.
The support offered through OLO follow-up care aims to empower parents to take action. It includes practical resources and tools that are adapted to families.
Parents receive the following in a toolkit as part of their OLO support:
|An illustrated Recipe Brochure||A Meal Planner and Shopping list||A child’s plate|
|A milk jug for the expectant mother||A children’s book on family meals (in French)||A children’s book on discovering food (in French)|
In addition, a wide variety of online content is offered to support families as their child discovers food:
- Recipes that are fast, simple, nutritious, economical and tasty.
- Articles, graphics, videos, games and printable tools. (in French)
These tools were developed as part of the 1000 Days to Savour Life approach, to support the learning of healthy eating habits by babies. The 1000 Days to Savour Life approach is made possible thanks to financial support from Avenir d’enfants and Québec en forme.