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Student Spotlight Series: How Did Shelby Panttaja Incorporate her Undergraduate Studies to Promote Nutrition in the Dominican Republic?

This piece is part of a five part series of Student Spotlights highlighting the applied practice experience of four students in the Dominican Republic during the Summer of 2018. The other four parts of the series include an interview by Elizabeth Stanczyk and experience reflections from Hannah McNamee, Elizabeth Stanczyk, and Keelin Roche. #UMNMCH student Shelby […]

Resource: Children’s Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network

The Children’s Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN), is  designed to support Title V programs to promote nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding through collaborative learning and quality improvement practices. In recent years, the CoIIN concept has gained traction. For the state public health nutritionists (PHNs) participating in ASPHN’s Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN, it is a […]

Resource: Supporting Maternal Mental Health in Public Health Nutrition Practice

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed each year.  Perinatal depression is the most underdiagnosed obstetric complication in the United States.  The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN)  released its latest brief on the topic of maternal mental health, titled “Supporting Maternal Mental […]

Resource: Strategies to Limit Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Young Children

Between birth and the age of 5 years old, many stages occur in a child’s development, including the initiation of eating and drinking habits.  As research increases, the impact of sugar on brain development has become more relevant.  In the summer of 2017, theNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board gathered in […]

Student Spotlight: How Did Stephanie Boylan Use Her Coursework to Recommend Food Policies to Staff at Brooklyn Park City Hall?

By Stephanie Boylan For my field experience, I worked with the Resilient Communities Project (RCP). The mission of RCP is to connect communities in Minnesota with University of Minnesota faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative, course-based projects.  RCP partnered with Brooklyn Park on 24 projects during the 2016-2017 school-year.  These […]

Why Breastfeed?

Download and share a PDF version of the below information.  Benefits for the Infant Breastfeeding is associated with decreased risks for common infant ailments—from colds to ear, nose, and throat infections to gastrointestinal infections—and to the development of chronic conditions later in life (1). Given the substantial body of evidence supporting the benefits of breast milk […]

Student Spotlight: How is Mi Lee Helping WIC Participants Have Healthy Pregnancies?

by Mi H. Lee I am currently working with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). WIC is a government-run nutrition program that helps young families eat well and be healthy. One way they achieve this goal is by providing pregnant women with nutrition education, […]

Global Nutrition Report

This report card on the world’s global, regional and country-by-country nutrition assesses countries’ progress in meeting global nutrition targets established by the World Health Assembly. It documents how well countries, aid donors, NGOs, businesses, and others are meeting the commitments they made at the major Nutrition for Growth summit in 2013. This report is the second report in an annual […]

2014 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course

This continuing education program focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health through the delivery of risk-appropriate high-quality nutrition services. It is designed for dietitians, nutritionists, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians and public health professionals who serve preconceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women. The registration fee includes program sessions, materials, […]

11th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference: Updates on Women’s Cancer Research

Since its inception, the Center for Maternal and Child Public Health has been a co-sponsor of the Women’s Health Research Conference at the University of Minnesota.  It attracts a regional audience of public health, medicine, and nursing providers and students.  The conference will be held on Monday, September 29, 2014 in the McNamara Alumni Center, […]

Drink your Milk! A History of USDA Guidelines

With Thanksgiving behind us and having eaten our filling, let’s take a look at the history of the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines. To reflect the time period and new knowledge, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases new messages about what we should eat more of and eat less of. In the 1800’s Dr. […]

Fixing Fast Food

A fresh viewpoint on food and obesity in the United States by Mark Bittman of the NYTimes: Focusing on claims that fast food is cheaper than buying groceries, Bittman compares food prices via graphics and data. An interesting aspect of the article is that the author focuses on cultural changes in cooking. He argues […]

When is a chubby baby TOO chubby?

Posted by Clarence Jones Chubby Babies? Isn’t anything sacred? As a lifelong, card carrying member of the “Chubby Baby” club, I was recently surprised by the results of a new study published in February 2010 in the journal Clinical Pediatrics entitled “Identifying the “Tipping Point” Age for Overweight Pediatric Patients” that found over half of […]