Summary and Findings on Nutrition Needs in the First 1000 Days, from Conception to Age 2.
The first 1000 days of life, from conception to age two years, is a critical window of development when conditions, exposures and behaviors may set the stage for later risk of chronic diseases, including obesity. The prevalence of childhood obesity is substantially higher among low-income and marginalized populations who often are reported to have a greater risk of food insecurity, poorer access to healthy food, low social support and employment demands restricting breastfeeding practices, as well as time limitations on home food preparation. To inform public health initiatives that target nutrition in the first 1000 days, the first need was to assess the current status of nutritional resources and services provided to low-income pregnant and postpartum women and their young children in California.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine in partnership with Dairy Council of California, conducted a cross-sectional, qualitative project to assess the status and gaps within nutrition education resources and services offered within California during the first 1000 days of life. Supported NIH Grant UL1 TR001414.