Child Nutrition and Raising Healthy Eaters

This class was developed by Kathy Ireland a clinical dietitian and coordinator of the NFL clinic. The goal of the program is to empower parents and caregivers with the tools necessary to instill healthy eating habits in their children or charges and maybe even get those picky eaters to try something new! Learn the keys to healthy eating for children age 3-8.

Child Nutrition and Raising Healthy Eaters

The goal of the program is to empower parents and caregivers with the tools necessary to instill healthy eating habits in their children or charges. This includes developing skills to plan and prepare balanced meals and snacks, identify and prepare appropriate portions, and learn techniques to address and overcome picky eating.

The class was developed by a team of nutritionists, nannies, and educators and is designed to address the needs of both parents and caregivers.

This class covers:

  • The basics of child nutrition
  • Preparing healthy meals
  • Proper portion sizing
  • Tips for working with picky eaters 
  • Easy and fun recipes
  • Demonstrations and practical tips for preparing meals and managing mealtime
  • Information about navigating food allergies 
  • Sample meal times for charges and kids in your care

About the class format:

  • More than 5-hours of interactive self-paced online instruction
  • Video lessons featuring nutrition and child development experts
  • Interactive quizes
  • 24/7 online access
  • Email Q&A with expert instructors
  • 12-months of access to the materials
  • SitterCycle Certification (upon successful completion)
  • 01.
    • Introduction
  • 02.
    Division of Responsibility
    • Division of Responsibility
  • 03.
    Structured Feeding Times
    • Structured Feeding Times
    • Finding Opportunities to Eat Meals Together
  • 04.
    Fostering a Healthy Relationship With Food
    • Fostering a Healthy Relationship With Food
    • The One-Bite Rule and Other Strategies
  • 05.
    What to Feed Children
    • What to Feed Children
    • Communicating With Parents About Food
  • 06.
    How Much to Feed Children
    • How Much to Feed Children
  • 07.
    Food Allergies
  • 08.
    More Strategies for Picky Eaters
    • More Strategies for Picky Eaters
    • You've Completed the Class!
  • 09.
    • Take the Survey
Kathy Ireland

Kathy Ireland

Kathy Ireland, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical dietitian as well as the coordinator for the NFL clinic. As a dietitian with the NFL, she helps families make the necessary lifestyle changes to achieve a healthier weight. Whether talking about food, fitness, or parenting skills, Kathy always strives to motivate families to make the changes most relevant to them including a personalized approach to weight management for each family.

Kathy has been working as a dietician since 2003 and has spent her career focusing on and working with underserved communities. She started in New York City working first with a program that brought cooking and nutrition activities into classrooms and then managing Kids Cafes for the Food Bank of New York City. Since relocating to Boston in 2005, Kathy worked for 5 years in the DOrchester neighborhoods of Codman Square and Fields Corner managing a diabetes initiative for DotWell.

A proud native of Brockton, MA, Kathy graduated from the University of New Hampshire before getting a graduate degree in nutrition from Penn State. Her master’s thesis focused on proper feeding practices for preschool ages children. She completed her dietetic internship at the Hines VA Hospital outside of Chicago, IL. Kathy has also received a certificate in pediatric weight management from the Commision of Dietetic Registration. When not working, Kathy can be found on the roads of Boston training for the Boston Marathon, running local road races, biking, hiking or staying in her apartment cooking up tasty and healthy meals!

Introductory Price
Price: $50.00
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