New Mothers, Infants and Adolescents Face Challenges to Healthy Food and Nutrition - Research Shows


New research by the Young and Resilient Research Centre and UNICEF shares mothers’ and adolescents’ experiences of diet and nutrition across the world, based on consultation with 573 mothers and 656 adolescents in 18 countries, including Australia. The research shows that, for too many children and their families, regular access to healthy food and the nutrition they need is a significant challenge.

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Whether it is Australia or Serbia, Africa or the USA, huge challenges are preventing new mothers, their infants and adolescents from eating healthy food and getting adequate nutrition, shows new research from the UNICEF and the Young and Resilient Research Centre.
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