How to Make a Child's Nutritional Assessment Chart

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Making a child's nutritional assessment requires you to keep a few key things in mind. Make a child's nutritional assessment with help from a professor at the University of Idaho in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm SeAnne Safaii, registered dietitian, and I'm here to talk to you today, about your children's nutritional assessment. There are three things that we need to take into consideration when looking at the nutritional assessment of your child. The first thing, is their height and their weight, how they're growing. The second thing, is their nutrition, how they're growing eating. The third thing, is physical activity, are they doing anything? So, I've, anybody can design a chart like this, I just put this one together in a few minutes. It's got everything listed here, and some dates for you to track their progress, if you'd like. I want to say a couple of things about growth, because everybody seems to be so paranoid about their children's growth. Are they over-weight, are they under-weight, where are they compared to other children. The most important thing that health care providers look at, is patterns of growth. We don't just look at one way and one height, we look at height and weight over time. And see, is it tracking on the same line, or is it spiking, peeking and falling, or what's it look like? And as long as your child is growing on a consistent pattern, that's a good thing. It's bad if your child is continuing to go up, up, up in terms of their weight, or going down. And so, that's why we need several different measurements. And you can work with your pediatrician to use the chart that's pertinent to plotting their weight and their height. The second thing that we need to look at, is nutrition. And specifically, we need to look at look at, there's three squares and two snacks, meaning their breakfast, lunch and dinner and their snacks. And most important in that, is are they consuming enough fruits and vegetables. Kids in our country do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. So, we need to make sure they're getting some in every meal. The other thing that we need to look at besides, besides their nutrition, is we need to look at physical activity. Kids need to be active every single day, less screen time, less TV time. So, every single day, between 30 to 60 minutes, is the golden rule. Again, just a little check mark everyday, is all you need. So, use this nutrition assessment chart and track your own child's progress, and bring it with you to the pediatrician's office, or if you see a dietitian, get some very valuable information. And it should help you as a parent as well.

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