As defined in your text, hunger is “a chronic shortage of necessary nutrients” (Robertson, p. 256) and malnutrition is a condition in which there is a shortage of macronutrients, micronutrients, or both. Review pages 256–258 in your text and summarize the main dangers that hunger and malnutrition pose to a child’s development. Identify three reasons, as given in the text, why children may suffer from malnutrition or hunger.
The article “SKIPing Toward an Active Start: Promoting Physical Activity in Preschoolers” describes a number of strategies for encouraging physical activity in young children. Select either toddlers or preschoolers and describe at least three developmentally appropriate strategies that could help this particular age group become more physically active and fit. Propose ways that adults who work with young children can help them maintain good fitness habits.
Of all the allergies from which children suffer, peanut allergies are among the most serious, causing 80% of deaths due to food hypersensitivity (Robertson, p. 276). Peanut allergies are also one of the most common allergies, affecting approximately 5% of children 0–3 years old. Review “Reality Check: Peanut Allergy” (pp. 357–358) in your text and summarize what adults working in early childhood settings need to know about this health threat. In what ways does a child with this allergy impact everyone in the same environment? Propose one way you might turn this situation into a positive learning opportunity for all children.
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