IMPORTANCE OF PROPER NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN
series: MEETING NUTRITIONAL NEEDS by Lara Zakaria, RPh MS CNS CDN
I think we think of children as little adults, and we forget that they have very unique needs. They're actually a vulnerable population.
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They're reliant on the environment that they grew up in, and on what their immediate caregivers are able to provide for them. It's really important that we take that into consideration when we think about taking care of these children.
We also have to keep in mind that the early years of their life can dictate not only how well they develop as children, but also can impact long-term health. We're finding out the way children grow up and their nutritional status, even in the womb, can impact their risk of chronic disease later in life.
More immediately, we're seeing growth and developmental delays and behavioral changes. Their ability to learn new information is shifting if we don't give them adequate nutrition and we don't provide enough support for them to grow properly.
Lara Zakaria, RPh MS CNS CDN
Lara Zakaria is a Syrian-American pharmacist and clinical nutritionist residing in New York City. She owns Foodie Farmacist LLC, an integrative medicine, nutrition, and genomics consulting practice focused on prevention and reversal of chronic disease. An active member of...
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The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Tristate Chapter, she is also honored to serve on the national Board of Directors.
Her ground experience includes participating with multidisciplinary medical teams serving displaced refugees and underserved local communities in Jordan and Lebanon. Lara also serves on several advisory committees including the Jordan Relief Committee (including the Za’atri Clinic Advisory Commission), Advocacy, and as chair of the Pharmacy and Nutrition Committee. Lara is an active advocate for awareness of the Syrian Crisis and medical worker safety, meeting with representative of the United Nations and of the US congress and senate, as well as in presenting SAMS work at various universities and roundtable discussions including the University of Michigan, Columbia University, CUNY Medical School, and New York University Medical and Law School.
Lara is currently a graduate student at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and a candidate for a Masters in Public Health with a special interest in Behavioral and Social Health.