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Maricela Narvaez-Foster
Director
Healthy Homes Department
Including the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

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Nutrition


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Healthy Eating Can Help Protect Your Child From Lead Poisoning!


It's harder for lead to get into the blood when your child eats:

  • Regular meals and snacks
  • Foods high in calcium
  • Foods high in iron

Serve your child food at regular times during the day:

Sample Menu

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Breakfast
milk, dry cereal, orange juice

Snack
whole wheat crackers,applesauce

Lunch
tuna sandwich, banana, carrot stick, milk

Snack
graham crackers, yogurt

Dinner
lean hamburger patty, noodles, broccoli, bread, milk

Remember:  younger children need smaller servings


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Serve plenty of these foods:

Foods High in Calcium
for strong bones and teeth

  • milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, tofu, corn tortillas, sardines, dark green leafy vegetables

Foods High in Iron
for strong blood

  • lean meats, chicken, dried beans, cereal with iron, dark green leafy vegetables,dried fruit

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Give your child these foods every day:

5 Fruits Vegetables
or more servings

7 Breads, Cereals & Grains
or more servings

2 Milk Products
or more servings
Daily total: 16 oz. (whole milk until age 2)

2 Protein Foods
Daily total: 3-4 oz.


To help your child have a healthy weight, serve high fat foods less often:

  fried foods
  fries
  chips
  donuts

  cookies
  ice cream
  candy
  snack crackers

Eating less fat may help protect your child from lead poisoning, too.

Click here for additional information from the United States Food and Drug Administration.



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