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  • Nutrition: Vital to Early Childhood Development

    New resources promote integrated interventions to meet challenges of the post-MDG Era.

    Posted 2/4/2014

    On February 6, The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences and UNICEF host a launch event for Every Child’s Potential: Integrating Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Interventions—a special volume of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. The event focuses on how to optimize and integrate two highly complementary fields: nutrition and child development. From 9am to 12:30pm on February 6, access the LiveStream of the event here.

    As World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan points out in her opening Annals commentary, much progress has been made on the Millennium Development Goal of reducing childhood mortality, but there is still much work to be done in terms of helping every child reach his or her full development potential—achieved through a combination of health, nutrition, and psychosocial factors.

    Says Chan in her commentary, “…every individual should have the right to attain their full development potential. Good health and education are critical ingredients for individuals to progress and for societies to reduce inequalities.”

    Science supports the premise that a global commitment to early childhood development is a key factor in creating healthier, more successful societies. However, the steps taken to achieve such a goal must also be grounded in sound science in order to lead to the desired outcomes.

    Below, we present resources from the Academy that explore the latest evidence in the field of nutrition science—both in childhood and throughout the lifecycle.


    Every Child’s Potential: Integrating Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Interventions

    Scaling up interventions to support adequate nutritional intake and appropriate care practices, and optimizing the synergistic impact of such strategies, is of utmost importance to achieve healthy childhood development worldwide. What is the global state of knowledge and experience on integrating these interventions? The papers presented in this Annals volume explore the relevance and effectiveness of an integrated approach.


    Every Child's Potential: Integrating Nutrition, Health, and Psychosocial Interventions to Promote Early Childhood Development

    On April 3–4, 2013, researchers from around the world met at the Academy for “Every Child's Potential: Integrating Nutrition, Health, and Psychosocial Interventions to Promote Early Childhood Development,” a conference presented by The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science in partnership with the Global Child Development Group. The eBriefing provides a recap of the meeting, which led to the creation of the above Annals volume.


    Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Nutrition Interventions Across the Continuum of Care

    March 13, 2014
    The conference will focus on malnutrition's clinical and economic impacts of prevention across the continuum of care; new approaches and interventions to integrated care; and, a health systems approach to delivery of nutrition interventions.


    Consumer Behavior and Food Science Innovations for Optimal Nutrition

    March 26, 2014
    This conference will explore how consumer behavior can be analyzed and utilized to advance healthy and sustainable nutrition


    Feeding the Planet: An Evening with Alan Weisman

    Award-winning author Alan Weisman discussed his latest book, Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth? In the book he considers whether and how humans can sustainably thrive on Earth without crashing the global ecosystem.


    Understanding Adipogenesis and Functions of Brown Fat

    This Annals volume presents short reviews of the functions of brown adipose tissue and its potential therapeutic value in obesity management.


    Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions

    November 6, 2014
    This conference will discuss issues of food security, economics, policy and communication related to food safety.

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