Engaging Parents for Public Health: Reaching Today’s Caregivers with the Dietary Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers

Monday, October 18
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 163893


The inaugural dietary recommendations for infants and toddlers have arrived and now the role of RDNs is crucial to putting them into action. Understanding the challenges and motivations of today’s parents is critical to supporting parents and caregivers in achieving the dietary guideline recommendations for young children. This session brings together a USDA Dietary Guidelines communications expert, a pediatric leader from the American Academy of Pediatrics and a registered dietitian from the USDA MyPlate National Strategic Partnership B24 subgroup to discuss the needs of today’s parents and share consumer insights and resources to help RDNs connect with families of infants and toddlers and help them achieve the dietary guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the consumer research that resulted in key messages of the B24 dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers.
  • Describe the latest pediatrician needs for communicating the new feeding guidance to parents and caregivers.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the challenges and motivations of today’s parents and caregivers and how this impacts nutrition and healthy eating.

Performance Indicators:

  • 12.2.2 Identifies and reviews evidence-based literature to create programs and to justify needs and actions.
  • 2.1.3 Tailors messages and communication methods to meet the needs of target audiences.
  • 9.3.2 Develops a variety of learning activities based on a plan of action and the needs of individuals, groups, communities and populations.