A Healthy Start – #First1000Days

If the start is great, the journey ahead becomes easy and fun.

I will relate this idea to the concept of early healthy nutrition in our children, which is often neglected and not taken care of in the way it should be, due to multiple reasons. We seldom realize that what we are today, the strength, the immunity, the structure is all because of what diet we received at the very first stage of our lives, this includes the conception stage as well, hence the fact that the mother also needs to be well fed is highly important, as that has a direct impact on the childs growth and structure.

In a country like ours, where knowingly or unknowingly, people tend to ignore such subjects, we need continuous awareness programs to awake people of the consequence the neglect can cause and what’s better way than to propagate this message through the young-yet-to-become-parents crowd. In this regard, Nestle Pakistan, which actively initiates awareness programs for various audiences on health & wellness; organized a blogger meet at Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi under its initiative ‘Start Healthy, Stay Healthy’

Dr. Huma Fahim who is a Medical Advisor in Nestlé Nutrition stressed upon the importance of the first 1000 days in a childs life, starting from the time it is conceived and how impactful the environment experienced by both the mother and child during pre and post natal development can be on their health in later life. important role in determining the health of a person later in life. The first two years represent the most critical period of growth and development. For example, most of the brain development is completed by the age of two years and the height that a child has at 2 years is almost half the height that child will have as an adult.

Since Nestle has had a long history of experience and expertise in health and wellness area, they feel it’s their responsibility to share the thought. As per their research, children who don’t get proper nutrition in their early years can’t fully develop their physical and cognitive potential and are at an increased risk of poor health as adults.

The event was attended by prominent bloggers and key opinion influencers who all pledged to use their influence to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition in the First 1000 Days of a child’s life. They seemed to have a great time learning about such important factors of life and felt an obligation to pass on this message to those who were unaware, helping them raise a healthy child.

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You can find out more about #First1000Days by following the hashtag.

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