Normal Growth and Development
What food source is the nutrient found in?
Good nutrition is essential to normal growth and development. Getting enough calories, protein, vitamins and minerals is necessary. A healthy diet supports growth and development. Each day, the diet should include:
6 to 11 servings of grains
2 to 4 servings of fruit
3 to 5 servings of vegetables
2 to 4 servings of milk and milk substitutes
2 to 3 servings of meat and protein substitutes
Portion sizes will vary depending on age, rate of growth and energy needs. Optimal nutrition can be received in 3 meals and several snacks.
How does the nutrient affect the body?
Food is energy. It is needed for activity and to develop new body tissues as a child grows. Protein and fat are converted into body tissues as a child grows. Minerals are also components of body tissues. Vitamins and minerals are also used to make new body tissues.