A new program is piloting in the Drumheller Valley to help curb bad eating habits in young children.
"This is a partnership between Alberta Health Services and Drumheller Parent Link. It's a program for parents with children aged one to five years who are struggling and are picky with eating at meal times," stated Maryke Mody, Registered Dietitian, Clinical, Population and Public Health Nutrition Services for AHS.
Mody noted that a lot of families struggle with this and says it's extremely important to deal with it at an early age. 
"Participants in the class get to learn about how children grow and develop their eating skills and they explore the many reasons behind meal time struggles. They will also learn on setting a consistent routine, connecting with their child, introducing healthy new food and portion sizes for the children," she added. 
The first Meal Time seminar will be held on April 6 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Community Health Centre. 
"This is a new class that we're piloting in Drumheller, so hopefully we will be able to continue this many times through the year if there is a need," Mody outlined. 
To register for the event, or just to find out more information, contact Drumheller Parent Link
"They can contact Drumheller Parent Link at 403-820-5157. The class is free as well and seats are limited, so people do need to register beforehand."
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