Reapit set to accelerate global innovation as it launches PaaS

first_imgHome » News » Reapit set to accelerate global innovation as it launches PaaS previous nextProptechReapit set to accelerate global innovation as it launches PaaSThe Negotiator19th September 20190533 Views Reapit is to launch Foundations, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), allowing PropTech companies and agencies to integrate and extend the functionality of it’s Agency Cloud and Property Cloud solutions.Reapit is the first property CRM in the UK to open its platform and customer base to external developers, aiming to deliver an integrated technology solution for agencies, driving a universal standard for customer data sharing in PropTech.Allowing PropTech companies and agency developers to create new apps and solutions and distribute them to Reapit’s customer database, will speed up customer innovation for agencies, simplify IT and create a global standard for customer data management.CEO Gary Barker, said, “We see increasing demand from PropTech companies and customers to integrate with Reapit’s CRM.“The vision was a platform for Reapit and our partners to work together from the point of feature development, to accelerate the innovation of solutions. By opening up our platform as a service and making it easy to develop new tools utilising the Reapit cloud database, scalable infrastructure, and CRM software, we can significantly speed up global innovation in property software and give our customers an unlimited choice of tools for growth.”www.reapit.com/paaslaunchPlatform-as-a-Service PaaS Agency Cloud Cloud solutions Foundations gary barker proptech September 19, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

New platform to offer industry’s first omni-channel marketing service

first_imgA new property industry marketing platform says it wants to give back estate agents control over their data while at the same time enabling them to market their properties and services to local prospective buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords.Launched by property portal Residential People, NurturingAI uses similar tech as Amazon and other online retailers to track people across the internet, predicting when people are planning to move home or rent out their properties.It then uses this information along with estate agents’ in-bound leads to get a full picture of the property market and people’s activities within it.“Some people think their mobile phones are listening to them when they see targeted ads ‘following them’ across different websites, but instead it’s retailers like Amazon using Big Data to pinpoint their customer and their preferred purchases,” says founder Chris May (pictured).“Keeping ahead of the estate agency curve, NurturingAI also works this way. It’s an automated omnichannel marketing CRM using collaborative filtering – a form of predicting what people do and want.“Quite rightly agents are protective of their data, but many do not do anything to make profit from it either.”NurturingAI says it helps to nurture and harvest potential prospects so that an estate agency branch is in touch with their customers even while they sleep.May says he already has 500 agents who want to be early adopters of his new tech.“Advertising on portals is great for generating data, but we want to hand that data back to agents, so they are less reliant on portals,” adds May.Visit NurturingAI.NurturingAI proptech residential people chris may December 16, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » New platform to offer industry’s first omni-channel marketing service previous nextProptechNew platform to offer industry’s first omni-channel marketing serviceNurturingAI tracks local potential buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords across different websites for agents.Nigel Lewis16th December 20200606 Viewslast_img read more

Positive tests, close contacts, resulting in more teacher shortages in Indiana

first_img By Network Indiana – December 2, 2020 0 170 Previous articleMichigan election lawsuit names a county that doesn’t existNext articleAs patients skip screenings, doctors warn of ‘late-stage cancer pandemic’ Network Indiana Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook (Photo supplied/Michigan News Service) Schools all across Indiana are experiencing teacher shortages as more teachers are either testing positive for coming into close contact with COVID-19.The shortages are actually a bigger reason for schools shutting down and going to virtual learning the risk of exposure to the virus, says Keith Gambill who is president of the Indiana State Teachers Association.“We certainly know the situation is dire,” he told WISH-TV.Gambill said the situation is so dire in some districts that they are changing their coronavirus quarantine rules so that some teachers and substitute teachers don’t have to quarantine just so they can meet the minimum staff requirements.“From quarantining for 14 days if they have had a close contact to as long as they remain asymptomatic, they may report to work,” said Gambill. “So that tells you how different this has made things for folks.”“Some have shifted to closing some buildings in order to use some faculty and staff in other buildings to serve as substitute teachers in that building in order to keep some level of face-to-face instruction going on in those particular facilities,” he added.More than 1,700 schools in Indiana are dealing with at least one positive COVID test this week, whether it be a student or a staff member. Gambill urges parents to “be patient” as schools navigate through the pandemic. Facebook Positive tests, close contacts, resulting in more teacher shortages in Indiana Twitterlast_img read more

News story: Marvel legends assemble to inspire next generation of engineering super heroes!

first_img Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Launching the partnership, Year of Engineering Minister Nusrat Ghani joined children from the Berger Primary School in Hackney and a team of real-life super heroes – including a female army engineer turned weight-lifter, and an expert in comic book science – at an immersive new Marvel exhibition in east London.The test aims to demonstrate to children that they have an abundance of talents that would suit a career in engineering, ones that perhaps they hadn’t previously appreciated. It demonstrates that engineering isn’t solely about academic aptitude but that curiosity, creativity and being honourable and collaborative are all important qualities of a successful engineer. The Year of Engineering is encouraging parents to take the test with their kids over the Christmas holidays, and curriculum-linked resources are available to help teachers bring super hero engineering to life in the classroom in the New Year.Since the start of 2018, government has worked with more than 1,400 partners to deliver more than a million inspiring experiences of engineering, and research carried out in the first 6 months of the campaign shows that the percentage of 7 to 11 year olds who would consider engineering careers has shot up by 36%.The new aptitude test is part of a wide range of resources for parents and teachers on the Year of Engineering website, which also features inspiring ideas to help keep kids busy and entertained over the Christmas holidays.Nusrat Ghani, Minister for the Year of Engineering said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 The government’s Year of Engineering is assembling Marvel super heroes, including Iron Man and The Hulk, to launch an exciting new partnership with the iconic comic brand. Marvel is the latest big name to join the campaign, which aims to transform perceptions of engineering among children age 7 to 16 and encourage more young people from different backgrounds to consider careers in the profession.Young people are being encouraged to take the More Heroes Needed aptitude test to help them find out which super hero qualities they share with these legendary characters. They can then discover how those strengths could help them thrive in the world of engineering. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292center_img To take the test with your kids, head to moreheroesneeded.com.For festive activities to get children making and inventing, visit yearofengineering.gov.uk/theholidaymakers. The characters who inhabit the Marvel universe are famed for achieving amazing things against all odds; something engineers do on a daily basis. Whether it’s tackling the problems of climate change, helping to provide clean water and energy in developing nations or using technology to help us live healthier more independent lives, the engineering profession is full of its very own super heroes. I’m certain that this partnership will encourage many young people to look again at their own amazing abilities and realise that while they may never possess the strength of the Hulk they could one day move mountains as an engineer. Year of Engineering enquirieslast_img read more

Greggs and Costa top ‘brand momentum’ ranking

first_imgGreggs is the most successful quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand in the eyes of consumers, and Costa the most successful coffee shop brand, according to a new study.The CGA EI/Stone & River Brand Momentum Report measures how customer opinion is changing towards businesses. It looks at factors including new openings, awareness, opinions and loyalty (see details below). It deliberately does not factor in financial performance.“Our snapshot of out-of-home eating and drinking brands reveals the names that are increasing awareness and generating loyalty and word of mouth – as well as the ones that are slipping behind in public opinion,” said Karl Chessell, business unit director for retail and food at data and research consultancy CGA.“It shows the simplicity of some of the elements of successful branding – but also how challenging it can be to achieve them on the frontline. Staying on top of consumer habits and opinions is going to be crucial if brands are to generate momentum in this ultra-competitive market, and CGA’s data can help them do so.”Costa topped the table for the coffee and food-to-go sector, with scores showing it “can still attract new consumers while keeping existing ones happy”.“Its convenience and value proposition are among the reasons for its continued impetus in the food-to-go sector,” stated the report.Second place went to the rapidly expanding Patisserie Valerie brand, which has grown from fewer than 10 stores 10 years ago to around 200 now, prompting awareness of the brand to soar.Greggs, which shifted its position away from traditional bakery to focus on food-to-go in recent years, took pole position in the QSR category. McDonald’s, which has also reinvented itself with a healthier offering, placed second.“The conclusion from the success of Greggs and McDonald’s is that businesses need to maintain investment in their customer experiences and be ready to carefully tweak their brands if they are to maintain momentum In the QSR sector. It simply isn’t an option to stand still,” stated the report.The Momentum Report reflected an industry in flux, said Alex Doman, engagement manager at consultancy Stone & River“It points to some key learnings about what it takes to build momentum: having an easy-to-understand and simple-to-deliver brand proposition, a focus on creating long-term value for the customer and targeting the older generation can all often be beneficial,” said Alex Doman, engagement manager at Stone & River.The full CGA EI/Stone & River Brand Momentum Report can be downloaded here.The report’s three key measuresAwareness TrendA measure of how consumer awareness of the brand has improved. This figure shows the percentage change in the number of consumers who are aware of the brand over the last three years. Brands whose awareness levels have increased the most score highest.Next ConsumerAn index of consumers who would consider visiting the brand in the future versus lapsed users of those businesses. Lapsed consumers is defined by people who have not visited a brand in the past six months, but who have done so in the past two years. Brands with a higher proportion of consumers who would consider visiting in the future than those who are lapsed receive higher scores.Opinion IndexA measure of how consumers’ opinions about brands are changing. Scores are based on the difference between the number of people who say their opinion of a brand has changed positively in the last year and the number who have had a negative opinion change.last_img read more

A call to regulate starvation of ‘Paris thin’ models

first_imgProhibiting runway models from participating in fashion shows or photo shoots if they are dangerously thin would go a long way toward preventing serious health problems among young women—including anorexia nervosa and death from starvation—according to experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.In an editorial that will be published online December 21, 2015 in the American Journal of Public Health, S. Bryn Austin, director of the Harvard Chan School’s Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) and professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Katherine Record, also with STRIPED and an instructor in health policy and management, called for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set regulations that would prohibit the hiring of models below a given body mass index, such as BMI < 18.The authors noted that the average runway model’s BMI is typically below the World Health Organization’s threshold for medically dangerous thinness for adults, BMI < 16. “Models have died of starvation-related complications, sometimes just after stepping off the runway,” Austin and Record wrote.International models are often referred to as “Paris thin” because France is so prominent in the fashion industry. But last April, the French National Assembly passed a law that would ban the hiring of excessively thin models. Read Full Storylast_img read more

A spirited defense of NATO as bulwark

first_img A troubled, but perhaps stronger, Europe Kennedy School program will study issues weakening continent, undercutting longtime U.S. alliance Harvard ramps up focus on Europe U.S. questioning of longtime ally may be leading to productive shifts, diplomats saycenter_img Molded from the ashes of World War II, NATO has proven to be a successful defensive and geopolitical partnership among the European Union, the U.S., and Canada for almost 70 years. NATO forces came to the aid of the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, and they are a line of defense against conventional and nuclear attacks for millions of citizens from Turkey to Iceland. In addition, NATO allows the U.S. to operate strategically important military bases deep inside Europe.But President Trump has long been a vocal critic of the 29-member alliance, questioning its continuing relevance and complaining that the U.S. has shouldered too large a share of NATO’s budget compared with well-off nations like Germany. He has reportedly mused privately about leaving the alliance.Sensing that NATO’s role as an enduring multinational defense alliance may be slipping toward “crisis,” two Harvard affiliates and former U.S. ambassadors to NATO, Nicholas Burns and Douglas Lute, say they want to “ring the alarm” about the difficulties they believe pose a grave danger to NATO at a time when the public also seems to be underestimating its importance. In a report published Thursday as part of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), which Burns directs, the pair identify 10 challenges from both outside and inside NATO that they believe should be addressed. Among them are: restoring NATO’s defensive capabilities and strength after decades of underinvestment; holding NATO members to the democratic values spelled out in the treaty’s opening lines; containing Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s efforts at expansionism through hybrid warfare; ending the war in Afghanistan; and strategically confronting China’s growing military, economic, and political clout in Europe.“This may be one of the most difficult set of challenges the alliance has ever faced,” said Burns, the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at HKS. In preparing the report, Lute and Burns spoke with dozens of senior American and European officials, including former U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell. Though they didn’t agree on the specific issues NATO needs to address, Burns said there is universal consensus that President Trump is “NATO’s leading problem.” “NATO has had the benefit of always having its leader believe in NATO. Every American president of both parties since [Harry] Truman” has supported and believed in the vital mission of NATO, said Burns, “until President Trump.” “This is the most successful alliance the United States has ever had in our history,” he said. “[Trump is] forsaking our most important alliance.” Former U.S. ambassadors to NATO, Nicholas Burns (above) and Douglas Lute (below) wrote a report on the current state of the organization. Jon Chase/Harvard file photoPhoto courtesy of the Belfer CenterBurns, a longtime diplomat stationed in Europe, became the U.S. ambassador to NATO just 12 days before the 9/11 attacks. That event triggered NATO’s first-ever invocation of the Article 5 joint defense agreement and prompted its ongoing involvement in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Lute, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, held senior national security roles in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations before his stint as NATO ambassador from 2013 to 2017. The two men will present the 55-page report on Friday in Germany at the Munich Security Conference, a high-wattage global gathering that discusses international security issues. The pair will discuss the report with NATO officials and reporters and meet with members of Congress attending the conference.Since his 2016 presidential campaign began, Trump has criticized NATO. He has declined to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Article 5, something that deeply concerns the report’s authors.“Article 5 is the central glue that binds” NATO, said Burns. “This is the first American president to say ‘I’m not sure I believe in this.’ That’s an existential threat.” A U.S. pullout from NATO would be “an historic win” for Putin, but “I don’t think we’ll get there,” said Lute, a senior fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at HKS. “I don’t actually fear Russian tanks rolling into a NATO ally. What I fear is Putin feeling that he has an open door for political subversion, election interference, energy intimidation, [and] disinformation campaigns inside our NATO democracies, which can erode NATO from within.”Since he thinks Trump is unlikely to change his views on NATO, Lute said that other influential players, including Congress, need to take practical steps to “buffer the alliance from President’s Trump’s worst ambitions,” such as pulling out of the alliance or cutting off funds. Two bills currently on Capitol Hill have a “very good” chance of passing, said Burns, who testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last September on the subject. He said he got little pushback from Senate Republicans when he stated he thought Trump’s stance posed a threat to NATO. Though some international legal questions about Congress’ authority to halt a withdrawal remain unsettled, Burns said, “We believe that Congress must, in effect, block the president from harming NATO.” The report also urges NATO take a hard look at the governments of Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, as well as the rising authoritarian impulses in other European countries. Chastising or even sanctioning member states that do not uphold the treaty’s foundational principles of democracy, individual liberty, and the rule of law would send an important signal to prevent the “cancer” of anti-democratic thinking from spreading. Lute and Burns said that idea is unlikely to be well-received, but it is “the right thing to do.”“I think the lesson that [Franklin Delano Roosevelt], Truman, [Dean] Acheson, [George C.] Marshall — the people who created the postwar world dominated by the United States — the lesson they learned from the First World War … was it was the failure to join the League of Nations in 1920, the fact that we weren’t there to oppose Hitler and Mussolini, that brought the Second World War on, in part. And we’re never going to make that mistake again,” said Burns. “And their insight was, ‘You can’t defend America in the 20th century unless you’re in Europe, in Asia, deployed forward.’ And that is an unassailable truth about 2019. You can’t defend America if you just shrink back into the country and build up the walls and pull up the drawbridges,” he said. NATO “is in our interest. It’s not just a do-good thing.”  Relatedlast_img read more

Lead, connect, advocate

first_imgThough his term as student body president has officially come to a close, senior Pat McCormick will take his leadership to Washington, D.C., when he attends the National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC) Summit this weekend. McCormick, who serves as a member of the NCLC Executive Committee, said the conference represents the culmination of his collaboration with both the Notre Dame community and collegiate student governments. The goal of the summit is to form a nationally unifying student government entity that promotes “advocacy power for individual campuses and campuses across the country.” “Over the course of the 2011-2012 term, we as a student government collaborated with other schools to form a coalition of campuses nationwide in partnership with the NCLC and its staff of young professionals,” McCormick said. The summit will bring student leaders together through sessions at the White House and American University, he said. The representatives will address issues in financial aid, campus sustainability, college accessibility and youth unemployment. Participants will also meet with policymakers to directly influence future legislation on these matters, McCormick said. “This [summit] can serve as a means by which students nationwide can come together to confront shared challenges and advance broader national policy goals that are consonant with the concerns of individual student bodies,” he said. The conference will facilitate continuity between past and present Notre Dame student government administrations, as current student body president Brett Rocheleau, a junior, will accompany McCormick to the nation’s capital. “[One thing] consistent … is our commitment to the idea of working simultaneously on issues of convenience and confidence,” McCormick said. “We hope that’s an example of the kind of student government we’ve tried to build, one that’s bigger and more capable of working on these issues simultaneously.” Rocheleau said the conference’s breakout sessions and speakers will reflect the common interests of peers nationwide and allow for the exchange of ideas on these topics. “There will be a lot of different perspectives on different issues,” he said. “Maybe one student government did something that worked that we can try to implement at Notre Dame. Hearing solutions to issues will be a great resource.” Expressing the opinions and concerns of Notre Dame students is key at a national conference, Rocheleau said. “Our main goal is to advocate for our students on a national level by talking about issues Notre Dame students feel similarly about, like paying for college and employment after graduation,” Rocheleau said. “There are related policies being worked on in Congress that may not get a lot of press … but there’s power in numbers, and if we get a lot of people behind something, we can make a big difference.” The advocacy for student interests takes on a more influential role within the NCLC and paves the way for the nation’s future college students, McCormick said. “This is a way to continue to amplify the voices of students who have advocated in the past and can now take them directly to policymakers in a more institutionalized way,” he said. “[The NCLC] is an infrastructure for future student governments to have a way into the White House, and we hope it will provide a way for students at Notre Dame to continue to engage national policymakers on issues of concern to our student body in the future.” McCormick engaged in this advocacy in December 2010 when he represented student government at the White House and advocated for Notre Dame’s Playing for Peace initiative. He and other campus leaders spoke with Samantha Power, the senior director of multilateral affairs for the National Security Council and one of the architects of the Obama administration’s policy surrounding the Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement. McCormick said he and student government initially became involved with the NCLC through an advisory role with NCLC staff members. The team provided feedback for the development of the organization, which currently represents more than 8 million students on 150 college campuses nationwide. In early 2012, the NCLC selected McCormick to serve on its Executive Committee, which consists of ten student body presidents who communicate with other student body presidents at universities in their geographical regions, McCormick said. “We saw [the Executive Committee] as a valuable platform to advance our broader goals and exercise full determination of what we choose to advocate for and work toward on our own,” he said. Although the conference focuses on current issues and concerns of U.S. college students, McCormick said it sets a precedent for future leadership of the country. “The challenges we face as a country will be shouldered by us,” he said. “Whether it’s the national debt or the energy crisis … this will be an opportunity to work with other campus leaders nationwide and begin to articulate ways in which students can contribute to national policies.”last_img read more

Notre Dame to award 2014 Laetare Medal to biologist Kenneth R. Miller

first_imgNotre Dame will award the 2014 Laetare Medal to Kenneth R. Miller, a cell and molecular biologist who ardently supports the compatibility of Darwin’s theory of evolution and the Christian faith, at Notre Dame’s 169th commencement ceremony May 18, according to a University press release.“Kenneth Miller has given eloquent and incisive witness both to scientific acumen and religious belief,” University president Fr. John Jenkins said in a statement. “As an accomplished biologist and an articulate believer, he pursues two distinct but harmonious vocations and illustrates how science and faith can mutually flourish.”The Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, annually honors a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity,” according to the press release.“Miller is a prominent and outspoken critic of proponents of the creationism and intelligent design movements who argue that Darwin’s theory of evolution is inherently atheistic and incompatible with Christian faith,” the release stated.Miller, a current professor at Brown University, researches the structure and function of biological membranes. He has appeared on television shows including “The Colbert Report” and C-SPAN programs to debate with supporters of creationism and intelligent design, according to the press release.“Like many other scientists who hold the Catholic faith, I see the Creator’s plan and purpose fulfilled in our universe,” Miller said recently, according to the press release. “I see a planet bursting with evolutionary possibilities, a continuing creation in which the divine providence is manifest in every living thing.“I see a science that tells us there is indeed a design to life, and the name of that design is evolution.”Miller graduated from Brown in 1970 and earned a doctorate in biology from the University of Colorado before teaching at Harvard University from 1974 to 1980 and then returning to Brown. He authored two books, “Finding Darwin’s God” and “Only a Theory,” as well as co-authored biology textbooks for introductory college courses and high school classes, the press release stated.Recipients of the Laetare Medal date back to 1883 and include former President John F. Kennedy, Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, actor Martin Sheen and University president emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, according to the Archives of the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame announces the award recipient each year on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, the press release stated.Tags: creationism, evolution, Fr. John Jenkins, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, intelligent design, Kenneth R. Miller, Laetare Medal, Notre Damelast_img read more

Toddler nutrition

first_imgRemember, these are toddler-size servings.Toddlers prefer to eat finger food, Crawley said. Cut up vegetables into cubes or strips, dice fruits and slice meat into strips.After age 1, a child can eat whole eggs. “Don’t make sweet foods like chocolate milk unavailable, but only allow small amounts,” she said.Parents often give children too many fluids, which can dampen their appetite. “Feed your child first. Then give them juice, water or milk,” she said.”However, limit the amount of juice to only 4 ounces a day,” she said. “Juices in large amounts often cause diarrhea. It’s better for the child to drink out of a cup so they won’t consume as much as drinking from a bottle.”Give your child 16 to 24 ounces of milk each day. At age 2, you can switch to skim or 2 percent milk. Serve whole milk only to a child under 2 because “their brain is growing at a rapid rate so they need the fat for nerve development,” she said.Children commonly become anemic because they don’t get enough iron-rich foods. A child who is often sick may be more at risk for being anemic.To prevent anemia, provide foods such as meats, leafy green vegetables, fortified cereal and peas or beans. Meat, poultry and fish are the best sources for iron because they contain a more absorbable iron, Crawley said.”Iron found in foods such as baked beans … needs a vitamin C source like juice or citrus fruit to be consumed with it to increase absorption,” she said.”Introducing your toddler to the proper portions of nutritious foods,” Crawley said, “will ensure that he is supplied with enough calories and nutrients for his healthy growth and development.”(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaParents are often confused when their toddler’s appetite suddenly decreases and his interest in certain foods changes, too.”After the first year of life, food is not the focus because the child is more interested in experiencing the other senses,” said Connie Crawley, an Extension Service nutrition and health specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.This is a normal stage for toddlers to go through, she said. Their appetites decrease due to the slower growth rate, too.”Train toddlers to eat a variety of foods through exposure and encouragement, not through pressuring them,” Crawley said. “A child may need to be offered a new food up to 10 times before he willingly accepts it. Children tend to be … scared of trying new things.””Parents give up too easily,” Crawley said. Instead, a parent should eat a certain new food in front of the child and encourage him to try it. A child’s taste buds are always changing. Being a good “nutrition role model” makes it more likely that a child will mimic the food intake of the parents.It’s important for parents to establish a balanced diet for their children so they will grow and develop properly.”It’s best to feed your child healthy food first before offering sweets,” she said.A toddler should be fed 1 tablespoon of a food per year of age. For example, a 1-year-old should be offered on a plate 1 tablespoon of peas, 1 tablespoon of meat, 1 tablespoon of grains, etc., per meal. Of course if the child wants more, more can be offered, since each child’s appetite can vary each day and even at each meal.The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Guide Pyramid recommends a minimum number of daily servings for each food group. The numbers: grains, six; vegetables, three; fruit, two; milk and milk products, three; meat or other proteins, two. There is no minimum recommended for fat.last_img read more