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Malnutrition is a World Health Crisis

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WiRED Offers Child Nutrition Module

To most of us, the holiday season brings plenty of good food — and too often too much of it. While obesity is growing all over the world, millions of people, especially children, in low-resource areas suffer from hunger all year round. 

Malnutrition is the main cause of global death and disease. Poor nutrition, especially early in life, can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development and reduced productivity. 

WiRED International’s Child Nutrition Module begins with a general introduction to nutrition and then covers nutritional requirements for children, guidelines on healthy eating, food groups and recommended calories and physical activities. This module is part of the Becoming a Parent section in our 24-part Mother and Child Health Series, and, as all WiRED’s modules, is available free of charge for study online or for download.

Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. WiRED’s module teaches how to give children the right start in life through a healthy diet and exercise.

WiRED’s Mother and Child Health Series

WiRED embraces WHO’s maternal, newborn and child health principle, “Continuum of Care,” in which skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period prevents complications and allows for their early detection and appropriate management.

WiRED’s Mother and Child Health Series provides a 24-part comprehensive training program to assist families, caregivers, community health workers and others with subjects related to the following four topics: Before Pregnancy, Pregnant Now, Labor and Delivery, and Parenting. The Mother and Child Health series will be used by schools, clinics and hospitals and nongovernmental organizations that help families prepare for a healthy pregnancy, delivery and the years of childhood up to age five.