Child Nutrition Classes and Services
We offer the following groups and classes to promote healthy eating habits in children. Classes are available in Fremont, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Carlos.
For dates and registration information for any class, please click on the links below:
Feeding Your Young Child
This single-session, two-hour interactive class is based on the work of internationally renowned pediatric feeding specialist, Ellyn Satter, M.S., R.D., LCSW, BCD. Satter is a therapist, dietitian, author and lecturer who has combined her expertise in nutrition and psychology to pioneer the field of feeding dynamics.
This class is for parents of children 1 to 5 years old who want to learn how to raise a healthy and happy eater. The class teaches parents how to provide the structure and support so children are able to make healthy choices.
Topics include: Children's nutritional needs and eating patterns; how to handle picky eating, refusal to eat, refusal to eat vegetables, sweets, overeating, not wanting to sit still to eat at the table, mealtime tantrums; and tips for making meal times more enjoyable.
Learning how to deal with these issues now can help prevent future health problems, including obesity, and disordered eating patterns.
Locations: Fremont, Palo Alto, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz
Healthy eating. Active Lifestyle. For the Family
Our four-week "Healthy eating. Active lifestyles." program is for parents, children and teenagers. We will help your family eat healthy, be active, and learn ways to support your child's natural growth and well being. Our program focuses on the whole person and the whole family - not just on weight - providing practical, problem solving techniques to create a positive eating and activity environment.
This class series is now being offered in both Santa Cruz and Watsonville at two different time frames.
Please note, the Watsonville class is bilingual.
Through this program, parents will learn how to:
- Provide regular and consistent meals and snacks
- Use positive parenting techniques to support your child
- Promote your child's positive sense of self
Through this program, children will learn how to:
- Build food management skills as they become more independent
- Plan simple and easy snacks/meals
- Develop a positive sense of self
*There will also be a SMA- Shared Medical Appointment during the second session led by our pediatric weight management specialists Dr. Casey Schirmer (Santa Cruz) and Dr. Martha Sandoval (Watsonville).
Location: Santa Cruz
Visit the Education Calendar for class dates for Healthy eating. Active Lifestyle. For the Family in Santa Cruz
REGISTRATION: Please call (831) 460-7333 to register or call your PAMF primary care physician for a referral.
Introduction to Solids
This single-session, hour-and-a-half, interactive class is based on the work of internationally renowned pediatric feeding specialist and author Ellyn Satter, M.S., R.D., LCSW, BCD.
The class is recommended for parents of children 4 to 6 months of age, who are beginning to think about introducing solid food.
The class explores the parent's role in supporting the child's ability to develop lifelong positive eating habits. Topics include learning to recognize baby cues that indicate readiness for solid foods, what to feed, how to feed and how behavioral issues may affect how a child will eat.
Locations: Fremont, Palo Alto and Santa Clara