Canadian Prenatal / Postnatal Nutrition Program
The CANADIAN PRENATAL / POSTNATAL NUTRITION PROGRAM (CPNP) is a federally funded program which targets the population of at risk Aboriginal children 0-6 months and their families. The first consideration is always the health and well-being of off-reserve Aboriginal mothers and babies. Doing what is best for the child(ren) is what lies at the heart of this program and seeks to actively involve children, parents, families, community members and service providers in every aspect of this program. Decision-making and actions taken must be community-based.
The issues addressed by CPNP include prenatal, infant and child nutrition and development, parenting and care giving skills. The program strives to increase the number of babies born with healthy birth weights, decrease the number of overweight babies resulting from gestational diabetes, improve the health of pregnant women and decrease the number of preventable birth defects, among other things.
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