The Committee on Nutrition studies the nutritional needs of infants, children, and adolescents and develops guidelines for the pediatrician based on sound, objective, clinical science as well as practical experience in fostering optimal health status. The Committee also maintains active liaisons with the
Food and Drug Administration,
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
National Institute of Health, and the
Canadian Paediatric Society, pursues advocacy opportunities which promote healthy dietary habits; and provides technical assistance as needed relative to the federal regulatory process.
Samuel J Fomom Nutrition Award
- New Cholesterol Screening and Treatment Recommendations - The AAP has issued new cholesterol screening and treatment recommendations for children. The policy statement, "Lipid Screening and Cardiovascular Health in Childhood," has garnered considerable attention from the press and medical community. The report reaffirms the need for prevention of cardiovascular disease by following Dietary Guidelines for Americans and increasing physical activity and also includes a review of the pharmacologic agents and indications for treating dyslipidemia in children.
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Additional External Resources
Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsFood Guide Pyramid for Young Children (Age 2-6 Years) (USDA)Growth Charts (CDC)International Life Sciences Institute
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases