Abbott’s Grow Right Initiative to Help Parents
Achieve Holistic Growth in Toddlers
News Desk, News Nation 360: The Grow Right charter defines right growth as a combination of physical, cognitive and mental progress that should be observed carefully and holistically during the foundational years of childhood. Abbott brought together leading experts to form India’s first-ever Grow Right Guild that developed the Grow Right Charter guidelines across four critical growth parameters – nutrition, play, nurture, and impact. The guidelines are Right Nutrition, Right Play, Right Nurture and Right Impact. According to Dr Suman Poddar, childhood is a period of rapid growth and development and is a critical phase, which lays the foundation for markers of healthy adult life. The average growth of a child from the age of two until the growth spurt at puberty continues at a rate of approximately 6–8 cm per year, and 2 kg per year. Grow Right Guild member, nutritionist Dr Eileen
Canday told hidden hunger or micronutrient deficiencies are the most common issues they saw in toddlers today. As foods become more accessible outside homes at malls, restaurants, and through online food delivery, parents’ job of ensuring that their toddler is receiving the right nutrition becomes tougher. While these make the child seem full, they lack key micro and macronutrients. One way to deal with this is to, pick the occasions carefully to eat out. They can eat out, but make sure to choose healthy foods, and let the selection of the meals be guided by the ingredients. Head Pediatric Nutrition Scientific & Medical Affairs, Abbott Nutrition Dr Irfan Shaikh, told, problems with eating habits may lead to significant negative nutritional, developmental and behavioural issues in toddlers. Early recognition and management are key to addressing this concern. During early childhood, the brain develops rapidly and is particularly sensitive to the external environment. WHO also recommends 60-minutes of vigorous physical activity or play per day as it provides additional health benefits. It is alarming to see that most Indian children are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity.
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Report : Anustup Kundu