How Nutrition Data Can Be Used to Give Kids a Healthy Start

With Nestlé for Healthier Kids, Nestlé, Rutgers, and the YMCA are empowering New Jersey parents with a research-backed curriculum and a network of nurturing peer educators
May 29, 2018 10:15 AM ET
By Wendy Johnson, Ph.D, MPH, RD Nutrition, Health & Wellness VP at @NestleUSA, former NIH public health nutrition and health policy adviser, Tar Heel for life

Stacey Ragin aims to make busy parents’ lives easier — and healthier — by teaching nutrition classes to parents in Newark, New Jersey. During her courses, offered as part of Nestlé’s Start Healthy, Stay Healthy program, she lays out the benefits of breastfeeding, provides tips for managing picky eaters, and makes suggestions for healthy snacks.

Though she brings her own flair to the classes, the foundation for her work is a scientific, research-backed curriculum. Now, thanks to a partnership with Nestlé and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, parents in five New Jersey communities will have access to these free nutrition classes, helping to put more families on a path to good health.

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