Establishing healthy beverage patterns in early life is critical to ensure adequate nutrient intake and promote overall health, but national survey data indicate that young children’s beverage intakes diverge from recommendations. Some evidence-based recommendations about beverages for young children (what to drink, how much, and when to introduce) are inconsistent, and there are an increasing variety of milks, juice beverages, and other functional beverages in the marketplace. This leads to confusion among parents and caregivers about what young children should drink. Healthy Eating Research convened an expert panel of representatives from key national health and nutrition organizations to develop a consensus statement and technical report on what young children 0-5 years old should be drinking as part of a healthy diet. This session will present the expert panel’s recommendations and their rationale, along with strategies for RDNs to incorporate the recommendations into practice.

LEARNING NEED CODES:
9020 Evaluation and application of research
1040 Cultural sensitivity
4150 Infancy & Childhood (stages of life cycle)

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:
2.1.3 Tailors message to meet the needs of the target audience.
4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision making.
8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.