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Welcome to the First Steps Nutrition Trust June newsletter
Before we head off on sabbatical we have two new resources we want to share with you – and a reminder not to stop lobbying while we take a break

Good food choices and portion sizes for 1-4 year olds

Good Food Choices and portion sizes for 1-4 year olds
This pictorial guide gives simple information on good food choices and suggested portion sizes for 1-4 year olds. The photos can be used to talk about different foods, and show families how to make up meals from unprocessed and minimally processed foods. We hope that in some areas health professionals may consider working with local families to translate the food names/text into other languages. If anyone is interested in doing this then we can potentially produce some other language versions so get in touch (after July).

This resource is only available as a pdf here on the website for now. We may produce some hard copies in due course, but will be thinking about how to link this with our comprehensive resource on eating well for 1-4 year olds due out later this year.

Statement on sugars in fortified milks marketed for children over 1 year

You can access this statement here:
Fortified milks marketed for children over the age of 1 year are often called toddler milks or growing up milks, and we have no compositional regulations for these in the EU. These milks are usually flavoured, and as we have shown in other reports have a poorer nutritional profile than the whole animal milks that it is suggested they replace.

These milks provide a significant amount of sugar, and in this statement we demonstrate how much sugar they can provide compared to current dietary recommendations for free sugars.

Ad for follow on milk

We have looked at milks from a range of countries as the marketing of these milks is a global problem, and we believe that better regulation in areas such as the EU would support emerging and developing nations in bringing in better regulation to prevent the use of these expensive, unhealthy unnecessary products.

Challenging misleading advertising

Alison Thewliss MP has set up an Early Day Motion calling on MPs to challenge misleading information in advertising of infant milks to health professionals. Please encourage your MP to sign it: www.parliament.uk

You can find out how to contact your MP, and other things you can do to challenge misleading information on our website here. Do keep lobbying journals and magazines that take advertising and any professional societies/groups you belong to. It is much harder for people to justify taking infant milk advertising when they know it misleads their readers – we are already seeing signs of increasing discomfort and need to keep up the momentum.

As The Lancet editorial said last Friday ‘No ifs, no buts, no follow on milk ’

‘From tobacco, to sugar, to formula milk, the most vulnerable suffer when commercial interests collide with public health. Robust advertising regulation—covering all milk products for children up to 3 years, and banning social media promotion—is the next step to protect them’

www.thelancet.com/journals
We have looked at milks from a range of countries as the marketing of these milks is a global problem, and we believe that better regulation in areas such as the EU would support emerging and developing nations in bringing in better regulation to prevent the use of these expensive, unhealthy unnecessary products.


First Steps Nutrition Trust
is taking a break over the summer and the office will be closed througout June 2015. Queries about publications can be sent to pauline@fbsresources.com

OnSabbatical

Please save any other questions and queries until the office re-opens 1 day a week in July.

 


ABOUT US

First Steps Nutrition Trust offers information and resources to support good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years.

Our aim is to produce clear and independent resources to support people who want to know more about eating well before and during pregnancy, eating well for infants and young children, and food composition and food quality.

First Steps Nutrition Trust takes no industry funding. We are funded through charitable trusts and donations. We aim to provide a one-stop shop for useful and accurate evidence-based information on good nutrition from pre-conception to five years. To find out more about the Trust on our About Us page.
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First Step Nutrition Trust's newsletter is published regularly to promote information and awareness of the importance of good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years and to highlight the work of the Trust.
 
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