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Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
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HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR LIFE

Resources

Infants and Toddlers

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center.
The Center Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov offers relevant, timely information, knowledge, and learning to Head Start programs and the early childhood community in an easy-to-use format. It is a comprehensive resource for anyone involved with, or interested in, early childhood education, health, and wellness.

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
Limiting TV and other media use, encouraging infants and young children in preschool and child care to spend more time in physically active play, and requiring child care providers to promote healthy sleeping practices are some of the actions needed to curb high rates of obesity among young children (birth–age five), says this 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov The report recommends steps that should be taken by child care centers, preschools, pediatricians’ offices, federal nutrition programs, and other facilities and programs to shape children’s activities and behaviors. Policymakers, health care providers, and child care providers can counsel and support parents in promoting healthy habits in the home, the report adds.

Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice: Breastfeeding Support.
The 2011 Indian Health Diabetes Best Practice: Breastfeeding Support [PDF – 234 KB] describes clinical tools and technical resources to effectively support breastfeeding. The target population to be covered by the best practice is ultimately the breastfeeding dyad—mother and baby.

Infant Nutrition and Feeding.
This handbook Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov provides an overview of topics related to infant nutrition and feeding and answers some common questions on feeding infants. Chapter topics include: the nutritional needs of infants; the development of feeding skills; breastfeeding; formula feeding; the introduction of complementary foods; oral health; obesity; and physical activity and motor skill development. It is available as a PDF.

An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for
American Indian and Alaska Native Families.
This 28-page booklet Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF – 1.3 MB] is for all American Indian and Alaska Native women and their families who choose to breastfeed. The booklet covers healthcare benefits, planning, workplace accommodations, and the father’s role in an easy-to-read text, designed to answer women’s and families’ questions.
A mother breastfeeds her infant.
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