Food preferences are established early in life, which is why it is vital to introduce young
to plant-based whole foods early and often in order to develop healthy eating habits. By doing
regularly, we can lay the foundation for healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. The Dietary
Guidelines for Americans emphasize the importance of making “every bite count” during the period
a child’s birth until their second birthday, recognizing its critical role in their growth and
Partnering with Early Care
Programs to Foster Healthy Eating
As the Vitamix Foundation is dedicated to fostering healthier lifestyles and nurturing the well-being
of young children, we recognize the crucial role of early care education settings in shaping
nutritional habits. With almost 60% of young children receiving care outside of their homes, the
foundation is focused on improving the quality of healthy early care education and school meals,
education, and supporting impactful programming initiatives.
Did you know?
According to Research
children Meet the daily serving recommendation of vegetables.1
children ages 2-4 exceed the daily recommended servings of added sugars.2
ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN in the U.S. — 14.7 million individuals — have obesity.3
Approximately 90 percent of brain development occurs by age 5, with good nutrition playing a key role.
Nurturing Healthy Teachers program evaluates the impact of combining access to fresh fruits and
vegetables with nutrition education on food insecurity, dietary behaviors, mental health, and
cardiometabolic health among early childcare teachers in Houston, TX.