The next update to the nation’s dietary guidelines will, for the first time ever, include recommendations for pregnant women and children from birth to age two.
Even though the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages young children’s diets to include a variety of foods and nutrients-- like vegetables, whole grains, iron and vitamin D-- researchers have found that many are falling short of that goal from the start.
How can we provide the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make healthy food choices, starting at an early age? As we await the new guidelines, what steps can be taken now to ensure vulnerable populations in particular choose healthy foods? What role can federally funded food programs like WIC and SNAP play in making nutritious food accessible to those who need it the most and can community-based policies help promote healthier eating patterns?
The Hill will convene key health officials, lawmakers and subject experts for a conversation on maternal, infant and early childhood nutrition.
Congresswoman Nanette Barragán (D-CA), Member, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
Brandon Lipps, Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Dr. William H Dietz, Chair, Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
Dr. Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD, Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Geraldine Henchy, Director, Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Nutrition Programs, Food Research and Action Center
Yael Lehmann, President & CEO, The Food Trust
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
8:00 AM | Guest Arrival & Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM | Program Begins
10:00 AM | Program Concludes
Knight Broadcast Studio
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001