Engaging Parents for Public Health: Reaching Today’s Caregivers with the Dietary Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers
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.
- 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.
- 12.2.2 Identifies and reviews relevant literature and evidence-based research to create program plans and to justify needs and/or actions.
- 2.1.3 Tailors message to meet the needs of the target audience.
- 9.3.2 Develops and/or selects a variety of learning activities based on a plan of action and outcomes, and the needs of the individual, group, community and population.
Meghan Adler, MS, RDN, FAND
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP
Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, American Academy of Pediatrics
Jessica Larson, MS, RDN
Public Affairs Specialist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Susan Pac, MS, RDN
Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Nestle Nutrition Gerber Products Company