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DOHAD 2017

The 10th anniversary World Congress in Rotterdam, 15th-18th October, will be focused on ‘Life course Health & Disease: Observations, experiments and interventions’. This congress will focus on the translational approaches by experimental, intervention and observational studies that have substantial implications for health throughout the life course in high, middle and low income populations.

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Author: Nikita Simpson

UN Decade of Nutrition Action

On 1 April 2016, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2; Rome 19–21 November 2014); decided to proclaim 2016–2025 the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition.

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Author: Martin Thompson

‘Health in All Policies’: Achieving Nutritional Behaviour Change

In this article, we examine the WHO’s ‘Health in All Policies’ framework and the ways in which it might be deployed to achieve behaviour change at a local, national and international level of governance.

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Author: Martin Thompson

Introducing the GEMINI Study

The Early Life Nutrition Network presents the work of our featured organisation – UCL’s Health Behaviour Research Centre (HBRC). HBRC undertakes research aimed at advancing our understanding of behaviours that have a major impact on health and to contribute to the development of interventions to promote healthy lifestyles. The Centre is part of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL. One of their primary research focuses is the Gemini Study.

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Author: Martin Thompson

Neonatal Vitamin A Supplementation

Vitamin A, an important micronutrient, is essential during pregnancy. Indeed, additional vitamin A is required for the growth of the baby and for providing stores in the baby’s liver. Deficiency of this micronutrient in the mother may also lead to its deficiency in the baby and may result in adverse effects on the baby’s health.

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Author: Martin Thompson

Community Engagement for Nutrition: Methodologies by The Wellcome Trust

As we attempt to implement the post-2015 development agenda, behaviour change becomes a central concern of development practitioners. However, it is recognised that behaviours cannot be viewed as specific to the isolated individual, but must be understood in context. Hence, the Wellcome Trust is focusing on changing behaviours through Community Engagement. This article examines the methodologies they deploy.

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Author: Martin Thompson

Knowledge About Folic Acid Supplementation in Women Presenting for Antenatal Care in Ireland

A new study has just been published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition examining knowledge about folic acid (FA) supplementation for prevention of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) among pregnant women in Ireland presenting for antenatal care. The study was submitted by our Committee member, Professor Michael Turner. This article summarises the key points from the study.

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Author: Martin Thompson

mHealth: A New Horizon for ELN Behaviour Change?

In an increasingly digital, increasingly connected world, Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have broken down barriers of space, time and funds. Mobile phone technologies, from basic SMS text to complex digital platform, provide opportunities for health practitioners to do behaviour change.

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Author: Martin Thompson

Latest news

  • Paid Parental Leave: An ELN Behaviour Change Intervention?

    On Tuesday, April 5th 2016, San Francisco became the first city in the USA to mandate employers provide six weeks of fully paid parental leave for new parents – both mothers and fathers. Read more

  • British Nutrition Foundation: Emerging Research

    The British Nutrition Foundation has published a report on the emergent issues in Infant Feeding for the period of May – July 2016. The report is packed with insights on complementary feeding practices, childhood obesity, micronutrients and maternal diet. The report also brings to the fore the behaviour change dimension of current research – with a focus on successful parental interventions for behaviour change. Read more

  • UN Decade of Nutrition Action

    On 1 April 2016, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2; Rome 19–21 November 2014); decided to proclaim 2016–2025 the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition. Read more

Latest blog posts

  • Zika and Early Life Nutrition: The WHO Guidelines

    As Zika Virus spreads across the globe, the anxiety that it might be transmitted, not just by the Mosquito, but through breastmilk or bodily fluids also spreads. The lack of research in the area makes the issue hotly contested. However, despite the lack of evidence, the WHO has, in 2016, published behavioural guidelines for pregnant and feeding mothers concerning the spread of Zika. Read more

  • Community Engagement for Nutrition: Methodologies by The Wellcome Trust

    As we attempt to implement the post-2015 development agenda, behaviour change becomes a central concern of development practitioners. However, it is recognised that behaviours cannot be viewed as specific to the isolated individual, but must be understood in context. Hence, the Wellcome Trust is focusing on changing behaviours through Community Engagement. This article examines the methodologies they deploy. Read more

  • Knowledge About Folic Acid Supplementation in Women Presenting for Antenatal Care in Ireland

    A new study has just been published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition examining knowledge about folic acid (FA) supplementation for prevention of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) among pregnant women in Ireland presenting for antenatal care. The study was submitted by our Committee member, Professor Michael Turner. This article summarises the key points from the study. Read more