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Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children


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Table of Contents

Part 1: Promoting Wellness

Chapter 1: Your Role in Children's Wellness

Part 2: Promoting Good Nutrition

Chapter 2: The Foundations of Optimal Nutrition

Chapter 3: The Science of Nutrition

Chapter 4: Feeding Infants

Chapter 5: Feeding Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School-Age Children

Chapter 6: Menu Planning

Chapter 7: Food Safety

Part 3: Promoting Healthful Practices

Chapter 8: Creating a Climate of Health and Wellness

Chapter 9: Health Screening and Assessment

Chapter 10: Managing Infectious Disease

Chapter 11: Teaching Children with Special Health Care Needs

Chapter 12: Children's Mental Health

Part 4: Promoting Safety

Chapter 13: Enhancing Safety Through Appropriate Environments

Chapter 14: Promoting Safe Practices Through Effective Classroom Management

Chapter 15: Responding to Emergencies

Chapter 16: Child Abuse and Neglect

About the Author

Joanne Sorte has worked as an early childhood professional for over 35 years. She received a bachelor of arts and master of science degrees in human development and family sciences from Oregon State University (OSU). She began her early childhood professional experiences as a home visitor for the Home Base program in Yakima, Washington, directed a preschool program for Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington, and worked as the family services coordinator for Head Start. Currently she is a Senior Instructor for the College of Health & Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Joanne is Director of the Oregon State University Child Development Laboratory which presents a blended early education program model where children from low-income families participate through support of the Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Program, children with special developmental needs, and children from the general community attend preschool together. She directs the practicum experience for students majoring in childhood development, supervises graduate students, and facilitates research on child development and wellness. She is also an active member of the Oregon Head Start Association. She has co-authored an intervention program for preschool settings with Inge Daeschel, called Health in Action: 5 Steps to Good Health, and enjoys assisting early childhood settings to partner with families in improving children's wellness. Inge Daeschel is a licensed and registered dietitian who is board certified as a specialist in pediatric nutrition. She received her bachelor of science degree in foods and nutrition science at Plattsburgh State University in New York. She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and received her master of science degree in nutrition science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She worked at Duke University Medical Center, first as pediatric dietitian clinician and later as assistant chief clinical dietitian. This position was instrumental in developing her interest in helping families understand the nutritional needs of their children.

She and her family relocated to Oregon where she worked at the Corvallis Clinic and later accepted a faculty position as instructor in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) where she is health and nutrition services coordinator of the OSU Child Development Laboratory and the OSU Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Program. Inge is also a nutrition consultant providing services to an area hospital, a WIC program, and Early Head Start, Head Start, and Migrant Head Start programs. Her expertise in feeding children is based on personal as well as professional experience, gained raising four children, including one with multiple food allergies. She has co-authored with Joanne Sorte an intervention program called Health in Action: 5 Steps to Good Health which promotes wellness by providing focused messages that address nutrition and physical activity in early childhood programs.

Carolina Amador, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician. She received a bachelor of education degree in speech pathology at the University of Georgia in Athens. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed her residency in pediatrics at West Virginia University in Morgantown. She worked as chief resident in pediatrics at West Virginia University where she developed a lactation clinic as well as a focus on advocacy for breast-feeding mothers. She has a master's degree in public health from the University of Washington in Seattle with a focus on maternal and child health. She moved with her husband to Corvallis, Oregon, and has worked as a general pediatrician for 10 years, and is currently employed by a community health center that serves a large percentage of Hispanics and migrant workers. During these years as a general pediatrician, she has developed professional interests in childhood obesity prevention, health disparities, and Latino health. She has been involved in community events and organizations advocating for children's health including the Oregon State University Head Start Health Advisory Committee, the Benton County Healthy Weight and Lifestyle Coalition, the Benton County Oral Health Coalition, and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Benton County. Throughout her years of education and medical practice, she has participated in several international health experiences in Ecuador, Honduras, Uganda, and Malawi.

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