Positive Patterns for Life
hEALTH AND NUTRITION EDUCATION SERVICES for FAMILIEs / childcare providers / ECE / healthcare providers
Back in Whack for Kids is an evidence-based, multicomponent pediatric weight management program. There four program components, each of which has been substantiated by research to be an essential part of an effective pediatric weight management program. Back in Whack for Kids utilizes evidence-based interventions to implement each program component.
The Nutrition Component
The nutrition component of the Back in Whack for Kids program is comprised of two parts – an individualized nutrition prescription that promotes an energy deficit and nutrition education that is tailored to the nutrition plan. This combination increases effectiveness of the nutrition education and improves compliance with the nutrition plan. Research has validated that this type of nutritional intervention is an effective and essential component of a successful multicomponent weight management program for children 1, 29.
A. The Individualized Nutrition Plan:
Encourages an adequate intake of fruits and vegetables 1, 4, 25, 37;
Encourages an adequate intake of dairy and foods with calcium 1, 4, 37;
Limits or excludes the intake of sugary beverages and large quantities of fruit juice 1, 4, 6, 12, 15, 19, 30;
Decreases energy dense foods in the diet 1, 3, 4; and
Limits the intake of high fat foods 1, 4, 30. NIH recommends that obese children limit fat intake to 30% of their total daily caloric intake 25.
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B. Nutrition Education which teaches parents and children the following key points about how nutrition supports health while it explains the
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