Abbott Launches Grow Right 2.0 Highlighting the Right M-E-A-N-S toHelp Parents Foster Holistic Growth in Children

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• Indian parents remain concerned about after-effects of the pandemic on their childrenas they beginreturningtoa normal lifestyle, reveals a new Abbott-Momspresso survey

• Abbott’s Grow Right 2.0 Charter can help parents address concerns with expert-backed guidelines to help encourage healthy habits in children

MUMBAI, India, 21,June 2022 —The pandemic has shifted many normal routines, especially related to parenting, and a new Abbott-Momspressosurvey has brought to fore several concerns and apprehensions that Indian parents continue to face. To encourage healthy, holistic growth in kids,Abbott has launched its Grow Right 2.0 charter introducingM-E-A-N-S guidelinesfor good practices inMeasuring growth, Eating, Activity, Nurturing and Sleep.The charter – backed by health and nutrition experts –can help address parents’ concerns byproviding tips to encourage healthy lifestyle habitsthat will positivelyimpact their children.

Thesurvey,conducted online earlier this year with over 2,500 moms across India,highlights changes in eating habits and physical activity – two key lifestyle functions impactinghealthy growth in children:

• 68% of the respondents feel that their child have become fussier with food choices

• 84% feel that the pandemic has led to reduced physical activity and increased use of digital technologies

• 70% feel that their child’s immunity is not strong enough to be safe in external environments

The Grow Right 2.0 Charter developed by Abbott acknowledges the survey results and includes recommendations froma guild of leading experts in childcare pediatrics, nutrition and behavioral science, includingpediatricians Dr. Indu Khosla and Dr. Sumon Poddar, nutritionist Dr. Eileen Canday and child psychiatrist Dr. Shiva Prakash Srinivasan.

An Underlying Need to Adopt the Right M-E-A-N-S to Grow

With the world re-opening and with physical schools and offices resuming, there is a noticeablemomentum in the shift back to the highly anticipated normal. It is important for parents and children alike to unlearn some habits formed over isolation – like inactivity – and disrupted living patterns.


”The early years of a child’s life are foundational and very important for lifelong health and development,” said Swati Dalal, general manager of Abbott’s nutrition business in India.”Nurturing growth is critical, which is why Abbottis acknowledging parents’ concerns and empowering them with the Grow Right 2.0 Charter with the right M-E-A-N-S to ensure their child is not just growing physically but also holistically.”

TheM-E-A-N-S guidelinesinclude disciplined sleeping patterns, meal schedules, physical activity time and intellectual pauses/reflections:

• Measuring & monitoring growth:Correct measuring is important to understand and monitora child’sgrowth. It can also helpidentifyshortfalls in growthso that parents can act early and address the cause.

• Eating correctly:Nutrition is key for holistic growth and immune system support. Achild’s daily diet should include the five food groups–cereals, pulses, milk & meat, fruits & vegetables, fats & sugar. For parents of fussy eaters, oral nutrition supplements can help ensure children receive balanced nutrition.

• Actively playing:Physical activity helps improve bone health, enhances sleep, and promotes overall physical health. It can also help lower risk of health issues, including pediatric obesity.

• Nurturing&disciplining: Parents can promote emotional well-being by showingempathy and encouraging kids to share their feelings.Experts recommend avoiding punishing children frequently but instead allowing them time to reflect and resolve to help fix their behaviour.

• Encouraging sleep: Early-age healthy sleeping habits are important to promote physical and cognitive performance in children. It is recommended for parents to build a bedtime routine for kids and maintain timing consistency.

”The foundations of lifelong physical and mental health are laid in early childhood.Building healthyhabits and routinescan help promote optimal growth and enhance children’s chances of succeeding in school,” said Dr. Indu Khosla, renowned Pediatrician and Pediatric Pulmonologist. ”Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to find effective and creative ways to engage with their children and to lead by example.”