'Days of our Lives' Star and Gerber Team Up to Educate Mothers About Toddler Nutrition
'Days of our Lives' Star and Gerber Team Up to Educate Mothers About Toddler Nutrition
Days of our Lives star Alison Sweeney has teamed up with Gerber Products Company, with the aim of educating mothers about toddler nutrition.  A recent survey conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates and commissioned by Gerber showed that many mothers of toddlers lack basic nutritional knowledge.  Sweeney, who has a two-year-old son named Ben, said she was shocked with the results of the survey.

"When Gerber shared its findings from a recent survey of moms, I was shocked to learn that many toddlers weren't getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in a day," Alison Sweeney said.  "As the mother of a two- year-old, I'm thrilled at the opportunity to talk to parents about how they can positively affect their toddlers' eating habits, which may impact the food choices they make as adults."

The survey revealed that half of the mothers who participated give vegetables to their toddlers only once a day, far lower than the USDA recommended 3 servings of vegetables a day.  Additionally, 43% of the mothers said they feed their toddlers fruits only once a day or less, far lower than the USDA recommended 2-3 servings a day, while more than half of them were not aware that the average 9-24-month-old child needs around 1,000 calories a day.

Other findings from the survey underlined the fact that although mothers know their toddlers' nutrition is very important, lack of time keeps many of them from providing their children with healthy snacks and meals.

However, the same cannot be said for Alison Sweeney. The Emmy-award-winning actress, who plays Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives, takes pride in being able to provide her son with nutritious meals despite her busy schedule.

"The survey findings are a good reminder that many moms are looking for wholesome foods for their toddlers. I turn to GRADUATES® from Gerber because the meals and snacks are nutritious, convenient, and designed specially for toddlers, not adults,” the Days of our Lives star said.  “I feel good knowing that the GRADUATES® line is helping me feed my 2-year old son the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables everyday."

Gerber's Global Vice President of Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs Dr. Kathleen Reidy said that the company is committed to teaching parents about how to give their toddlers the best nutritional choices, with the aim of helping to lessen the distressing number of overweight and obese children in the United States.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: PR newswire
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