Gerber Memorial to host early childhood nutrition classes in March.
Free Child Watch available!
FREMONT– Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is hosting a series of free classes to empower new moms, moms-to-be, dads and caregivers with information to ensure newborns and babies get the right nutrition for health and wellness. Gerber Memorial’s Early Childhood Nutrition classes are:
Both classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and at Tamarac, 1401 W. Main Street, Fremont, MI 49412. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register at 231-924-3073.
Registered dietitians and community health educators will lead the classes. Participants will learn about nutrition as well as ways to encourage healthy eating habits and address eating challenges. Participants will also enjoy a prepared meal, based on a nutritious recipe, to bring home and share with the family.
“The evidence shows that the first two years can set a child’s eating habits into their teen years and even adulthood, so starting healthy eating habits as early as possible is a great first step for parents and caregivers,” said Emilie Klop, Gerber Memorial registered dietitian who will lead the classes. “Our Early Childhood Nutrition classes are designed to give parents and caregivers the information they need to encourage their child to eat nutritious food and to help moms who are expecting know what they can do to give their child a head start. Our classes are focused on helping get children to eat the right food at the right time.”
During the classes, participants will learn about nutrition during pregnancy, nutrition for nursing moms, important nutrients for babies, breastfeeding and bottle feeding, transitioning to solid food, food safety and other tips and strategies for early childhood nutrition.
The program is now in its third year and has served more than 100 parents and caregivers.
“The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are critical for healthy development and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is excited we can offer a program to help give children a strong start in life,” Klop said.
Children are welcome to attend. Free child watch is available at the Treehouse at Tamarac.