I had the privilege of taking part in a Better Beginnings seminar and can honestly say that it completely changed the way I approach both parenting and meals with my children.  The program is not only highly informative, but it is extremely practical for the times we live in now.  The facilitator provided clear and easy ways for us to introduce healthier choices for our whole family.  Her passion for spreading her knowledge of how to ensure children are set up for success is so refreshing that anyone who partakes in her program will surely benefit in numerous ways!

- parent participant

Better Beginnings has been a wonderful program for the families in our preschool, as a parent I loved attending and gained so much information about nutrition as well as valuable tools to use when dealing with my own children's picky eating. Other parents that attended the program were always quick to let me know how much they enjoyed being part of the group and valued the information that they acquired.

- parent participant & partner contact person

Better Beginnings is an excellent program!! It has helped me learn to be a conscious shopper and experiment with trying new things. The facilitator is wonderful at putting you at ease and making you feel confident that you can do it!!!  I am so excited to continue on my new adventure of sharing what I have learned with my family and cooking healthier for them. Now I allow my children to serve themselves and let their bellies say when they hungry and when they are full. My kids ask for smoothies for dessert instead of cake, and they want the granola that I make.  We also enjoy coming up with new fun ideas and getting the family involved in the whole healthy food process... it's not a scary thought anymore!!  

- parent participant

I’m a mother of three and my youngest’s weight was increasing, along with his cholesterol. That is when our pediatrician referred us to Better Beginnings. Better Beginnings has been a life saver in my house. I used to struggle with making healthy choices for my family. Going food shopping and getting dinner on the table gave me anxiety. Better Beginnings has taught my family how to set smart goals that actually stick, save money, meal prep, be a good role model, and - most importantly - enjoy time with my family knowing we are eating the right foods

- parent participant

Better Beginnings has enriched both my life at home and at work. I learned so much from the classes! Right after that first meeting, I made several lasting changes in my menu planning and how I serve meals in my own home. I have also referred multiple times to what was taught us when I speak to parents about their children's eating habits and how to improve them. As a speaker, the facilitator was very engaging, so every moment was interesting. Better Beginnings is such a helpful tool in bringing up our children, it should be a requirement in parenting!

- parent participant & pediatrician

Better Beginnings taught me how to make healthy meals for my children, why they are so important and how family meals are the perfect environment for children to talk to us about their day and any worries they may have. I learnt how much sugar there is in foods/snacks, how to read labels and how many calories a person should eat per day. I was totally clueless! After the sessions, I started to offer a variety of foods to my children, including some they like, and let them decide how much they want by serving everything family style. It really works. They have been trying new foods. Thank you Better Beginnings for this amazing experience. It was an eye opener

- parent participant & partner contact person

My children’s journey with feeding did not start in an expected way. Being born two months prematurely, my twins had to learn how to suck and were initially tube-fed. On top of that, we had to deal with significantly low birthweight and reflux. Fast forward to 18 months of age, my babies were thriving and were eating solids, yet their weight gain was slow and they became picky eaters. Mealtimes were long and draining. Needless to say, feeding continued to be a source of stress for the entire family.

Luckily, we were followed by a nutritionist who referred us to the Better Beginnings program. Better Beginnings gave me a fresh look at food and mealtimes. I learned about the power of whole foods, how to make healthy choices, how to promote a more varied palate, and ways to make mealtimes more enjoyable - just to name a few! After putting what I learned into practice, I soon started to see a shift at home. Mealtimes were no longer emotionally or physically draining. My children were trying new foods. I didn’t feel stressed about food preparation or how much my kids were eating. We were finally able to find the fun in food!

I am happy to report that now at almost two and a half years of age, my children are climbing up the growth curve. They eat a variety of foods, and, most importantly, mealtimes have become something to look forward to! My problem now is getting them to stop fighting over fruits and veggies!

I am beyond grateful to have been part of the Better Beginnings program. The information I learned was invaluable and will forever be part of the way I approach food with my family. Most importantly, the stress related to feeding my kids is now a thing of our dark past. Thank you, Better Beginnings, for shining the light on food and making our continued journey a bright and “fruitful” one for the entire family.

- parent participant