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Nutrition

Food and eating has become a topic of interest for many of us here at MVS. We have spent a lot of time considering what we offer to children, how we model appropriate eating habits, and increasing children's awareness and connection to what they are eating. We are always looking for more information, books, and professionals that can offer guidance and wisdom. Here are a few we have been tapping into:

Here's a link to the website. Dr. Maya Shetreat-Kelin is a pediatric neurologist. She writes about the connection between eating healthy foods and our overall health. It is an incredibly eye opening book that we all should be reading!

Have you heard of the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen? Check out the Environmental Working Group's research on pesticides in fresh fruits and veggies.

One of our favorite books regarding manners, routines, and expectations is French Kids Eat Everything. It aligns with our philosophy here at MVS: with consistent expectations, boundaries, and positive examples children will learn how to enjoy eating in an appreciative and respectful way.

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