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:
foods rich in calcium (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, and dark
green leafy vegetables).
foods rich in iron (e.g., lean red meats, chicken, prune juice, cereal
with iron, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grain and enriched bread.
fat intake – Eat less high fat foods such as hog dogs, French fries,
potato chips, donuts and cookies.
children’s hands and faces after playing and before meals & bedtime.
not use handmade ceramics or imported dishes for cooking or storing of
foods & drinks - some may contain lead (test your imported dishes for
not eat imported candies that may contaminate with lead.
not eat foods from lead-soldered cans.
not let children eat non-food items such as paint chips, soil or crayons.
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.
Guide Pyramid for Kids
The Food Guide Pyramid is one way for people to understand how to eat
Learn more about each food group on the pyramid.