Pathways to Wellness

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Start early in life

Most children are born with the potential to grow, learn and thrive. Positive experiences with the people in their lives and a safe physical environment are needed to develop this potential.

Start early in life graphicEarly positive experiences lay the foundation for the future by building healthy bodies, strong minds, and big hearts. Nutritious food, caring parents and other caregivers, a safe environment, and opportunities to play and explore are key to developing self-confidence and the skills needed to walk, talk, share, and care. The first five years of life are the most important five years when it comes to life-long health, well-being and learning.

Research shows that giving all children a healthy start to life has a very high return on investment. Strengthening families and building communities where all children are welcomed, valued, and nurtured builds a brighter future for everyone.

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