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    Good nutrition is essential to good health. Since food habits develop at an early age, it is especially important that young children be exposed to foods that nurture healthy development and promote life-long well being. Providing a positive atmosphere for children, staff, and parents to experience and learn about good nutrition is a critical part of the Head Start experience.

    Completing an assessment of the child’s nutritional habits, including growth and laboratory evaluation, helps identify possible nutritional inadequacies. Providing information to parents in ways to improve a child’s diet can promote good health now and in years to come.