Abbott’s new product PediaSure Cookies & Cream was launched in Mumbai last Thursday. Actor and celebrity Lara Dutta and tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi were a part of the unveiling of the new product, tasting the same along with the audience and media present there.
Launch Of The New PediaSure Flavour
Soon after the inauguration, Chef Kicha, a 7-year old had come up with a mix of PediaSure Cookies & Cream in a drink curated by him. After the tasting, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi talked about early nutrition for children, scattered meal times during summer holidays and parenting challenges they’ve faced while taking care of their 6-year old daughter.
The audience and media even threw open questions at the duo and here’s what Lara said, “During summers, my daughter is filled with ideas – to play new games, places to go and have lots of uninterrupted fun. I am sure all young ones look forward to the summer break the same way. While children are excited about holidays, parents often stress about how they can engage them effectively and ensure that they eat right. My daughter has very strong taste preferences, and I am on the look-out for food options that are not just healthy but also tasty and packed with nutrients.”
Hear It From The Experts
Along with the dynamic parent team, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi, present at the launch were also Dr Indu Khosla, practicing pediatrician at Cloudnine Hospital and Dr Eileen Canday, HOD Nutrition & Dietetic Department, Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital to answer all health and nutrition related concerns. “A child’s formative years, two to six years, lay the foundation for motor, cognitive, social, and emotional skills for life,” said Dr Eileen Canday. “During this period, children witness rapid linear growth, continued development of organs and neural expansion. Therefore, this is the time when children have specific nutritional requirements and high energy needs. Along with a variety of foods to ensure a balanced diet, for some children it is imperative to introduce an oral nutrition supplement formulated to take care of nutrient requirements for this age so that they do not miss out on overall growth.”
Speaking on development of children, Dr Khosla insisted on zero screen time for children up to six years of age and only half an hour a day post that. “I often meet moms who come to me for advice on a balanced diet for their kids,” says Dr Indu. “I always recommend a lot of outdoor play, minimal screen time on television and phone, and most importantly, I tell them not to lose focus on balanced nutrition. Children’s diet should be wholesome, healthy and have the right blend of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals to support their growth and development needs.”