First 2000 Days: Food Deserts & Childhood Nutrition

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The first five years of a child's life are mission critical in setting them up for future academic and life success.  Nutrition is a big part of building a strong foundation.  

Ideastream is collaborating on a year-long project called "The First 2000 Days" which explores the issues critical to childhood development with Cleveland-dot-com and The Plain Dealer and sponsored by PNC. 

Check out  where you will find a series of videos and slideshows aimed at strategies for getting picky eaters to try and like more healthy foods.

But for moms living in some Cleveland neighborhoods--that task is even more difficult because they live in what some call a food desert--a low income area that does not have a full-service grocery store within easy access of people.


Additional Resources:

Be Well:  Food & Nutrition

Be Well Report:  A Local Mother's Fight to Promote Healthy Eating

Raising Healthy Kidz

Health Data Matters


Kay Colby, Ideastream, Be Well Health Unit, producer/reporter
Amy Sheon, Ph.D., Executive Director, Urban Health Initiative; CWRU 
Darcy Freedman, Ph.D, Assoc. Prof. Dept. Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CWRU 

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