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Nutrition Focus Newsletter

Contact: Sharon Feucht, 206-685-1297

Core Function: Information Development and Dissemination

Nutrition Focus is an online newsletter that focuses on nutrition challenges of children with special health care needs and their families. The newsletter is written for health care providers and others who work with children with special health care needs. The goals of the newsletter are to increase awareness of nutrition and to share useful assessment and intervention strategies within the health care community. Continuing Education credit is available.

It is estimated that 40% of all children with special health care needs may be at risk for nutrition problems. If these problems are addressed early by qualified health professionals, improved outcomes are gained in appropriate growth, improved health status, fewer hospitalizations and cost savings in overall health care expenditures. Nutrition Focus is a vehicle for disseminating timely, evidence-based and practical information that allows health care providers to effectively address the nutritional issues of children with special health care needs.

Each online article highlights a specific disorder or nutrition concern and offers practical suggestions and guidance for families and health care professionals. Sample topics include: Pediatric formula update; Intrauterine growth retardation and small for gestational age - Nutrition Management; Homemade blenderized tube feedings; Eating/feeding problems of children; Dietary Reference Intakes - Case studies for children with special health care needs; Down syndrome; Transition for adolescents with special health care needs to adult health care and nutrition services; Breastfeeding the infant with special health care needs.

For more information and to subscribe, please visit the Nutrition Focus website at:

Additional Information

Assuring Pediatric Nutrition Care in the Community

Nutrition for Children With Special Health Care Needs in Washington State website

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