The first 1000 days of children’s lives – from conception to a child’s second birthday – offer a unique window of opportunity as the foundations for healthy growth and development later in life are established.
Food4Smiles wants every child to have a healthy start. We contribute to this by collecting as many insights as possible from parents with young children from Amsterdam Nieuw-West and their immediate social environment.
These insights are about what the parents run into and what can help them to offer their children a healthy lifestyle in the first 1000 days. But also, insights about possible solutions and how they work out in daily life. Since many factors influence a healthy start, a systemic approach is needed. Mapping these factors gives us a better understanding of how they influence each other. Food4Smiles combines research, policy, and practice. Also, we deploy various art projects to make the importance of a healthy start visible to everyone in Amsterdam Nieuw-West.
Food4Smiles is a unique project that focuses on a healthy start for every child. It combines research, practice, and policy and is a collaboration between Amsterdam Nieuw-West, VU University Amsterdam (Department of Health Sciences), Fred Foundation and the Municipality of Amsterdam (the Amsterdam Healthy Weight Program, the Amsterdam Health and Opportunity Program), and Sarphati Amsterdam.