There is now a growing understanding of the impact of nutrition in early life (from conception and through the first year of life) on later health. Key to better health outcomes is health of the mothers and their babies. Proper and adequate nourishment prior to conception and during pregnancy is essential.

Pregnancy is one of the critical windows of influence (and thereby provides a window of opportunity) to optimise nutrition and thereby positively influence later health outcomes.  As well as the short term health benefits for mother and baby in the early years, it also sets the baby up for long-term health, reducing the risks of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Source: Steering Group Member, Michael Turner