Webinar: Childhood nutrition and obesity prevention

Tuesday 28 May 2019 

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How can we give our kids the best start in life?

Recent Australian health surveys indicate that one in every four Australian children are overweight and obese.

Infancy and early childhood provide unique and critical periods for obesity prevention. Extensive evidence suggests that rapid growth during infancy is a potent elicitor for subsequent obesity later in life. The link between infant feeding, early nutrition, rapid growth and obesity have been widely acknowledged. There is however widespread debate as to what constitutes the best practice of infant feeding and optimal nutrition in early life.

In this webinar, Dr Jazzmin Zheng will provide an overview on the latest evidence on infant feeding, early nutrition, growth and later obesity, while Dr Rachel Laws will outline some practical evidence based programs and resources available for health professionals and parents to support healthy infant feeding practices and active play.

About the presenters

Dr Miaobing (Jazzmin) Zheng
Dr Miaobing (Jazzmin) Zheng is a National Health Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellow at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University. She is also an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and a Nutrition Epidemiologist with current research interests on the early dietary and behavioural origins of rapid growth and obesity in children.

Dr Rachel Laws
Dr Rachel Laws is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition with IPAN, Deakin University. Rachel has a background in dietetics and her research focuses on promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours in families with young children and translational research. Rachel is passionate about conducting research that makes a difference and translating it into the real world.

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Tuesday 28 May 2019


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