March is National Nutrition Month. Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be complicated! Choose nutritious foods for your kids that have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients.

Do pediatric patients access nutrition services?

YES! We saw 186 patients under the age of 18 in 2020. We see a great deal of children struggling with childhood obesity and parents that don’t know what they can do to help. The HOPES Nutrition team has embraced a philosophy called 5210, which is an evidenced based program that encourages 5 fruits and vegetables every day, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and Zero(0) drinks with sugar/choose more water. This is important because we want to focus on positive changes families can make to improve their health as a whole. We are NOT putting children on strict diets and ARE sensitive to use words that do not promote body shaming or hyper fixation on weight.