MCAH Programs

Contact Information
Los Angeles County                 Department of Public Health
Childhood Lead Poisoning
Prevention Program
5555 Ferguson Drive, Suite 210-02
Commerce, CA 90022
(800) LA-4-LEAD
Fax (323) 890-8736
Nutrition Services
Nutrition Education, Materials and Resources

Healthy Eating Can Protect Children From Lead Poisoning

Serving a variety of healthy foods to children is very important, not only for growth and development but also to protect children from lead poisoning.  A diet that is low in calcium, iron and high in fat may increase the intestinal absorption of lead.  It is important to serve children with regular meals and snacks everyday; an empty stomach may increase lead absorption.  Eating a variety of foods from the five food groups (Grain Group, Vegetable Group, Fruit Group, Milk Group and Meat Group) will help to get the nutrients that the body needs!

Keep Kids Lead Free – Nutrition Tips:
  • Eat foods rich in calcium (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, and dark green leafy vegetables).
  • Eat foods rich in iron (e.g., lean red meats, chicken, prune juice, cereal with iron, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grain and enriched bread.
  • Moderate fat intake – Eat less high fat foods such as hog dogs, French fries, potato chips, donuts and cookies.
  • Wash children’s hands and faces after playing and before meals & bedtime.
  • Do not use handmade ceramics or imported dishes for cooking or storing of foods & drinks - some may contain lead (test your imported dishes for lead).
  • Do not eat imported candies that may contaminate with lead.
  • Do not eat foods from lead-soldered cans.
  • Do not let children eat non-food items such as paint chips, soil or crayons.
  • Do not use home remedies because some may contain high levels of lead.
Start building a healthy eating habit and lifestyle by choosing a variety of healthy foods and be physically active each day!

California Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to families who qualify.

Food Guide Pyramids

Steps to a Healthier You 

One size doesn't fit all.  This plan offers a personal eating plan with the foods and amounts that are right for you.

Food Guide Pyramid for Kids

The Choose MyPlate Food Groups is one way for people to understand how to eat healthy. 

Learn more about each food group on the plate.


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