2021 Philip R. Nader Lectureship in Child Health

Event scheduled for 10/07/2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

"Responsive Feeding and Childhood Obesity Prevention: An Equitable Nurturing Care Perspective"

Guiding the process of feeding infants and young children (IYC) through responsive feeding (RF) principles, is a central component of the responsive parenting and the UNICEF/WHO nurturing care frameworks. RF addresses head on the ‘how to feed’ IYC following developmentally appropriate multidirectional interactions between IYC and their caregivers. RF is vital for healthy growth, and social, psycho-emotional and cognitive development of IYC.

Even though strong and consistent evidence shows that RF helps IYC develop healthy food preferences and is likely to help prevent childhood obesity, a recent NASEM study shows that the vast majority of dietary recommendations for children under 24 months still focus mainly on the ‘what to feed’ and do not address well the ‘how to feed’ aspects. This is unfortunate as an integration of both sets of recommendations are needed for optimizing IYC growth and development. Implementing RF requires stable home environments where IYC receive predictable and reassuring developmentally appropriate psycho-emotionally supportive responses to their basic needs including hunger and satiety cues; based on loving and stimulating interactions. For RF to be properly implemented IYC and their families need to have housing, health and food security, and protection against all forms of violence. All families, regardless of their socio-economic status should be empowered to deliver RF at home and for their children to receive it in early care and education centers, and preschools. This will require a whole of society systems-thinking approach based on a deep understanding of how to better coordinate actions and services across the health, social protection, education and food systems surrounding caregivers and IYCF.

This lecture will conclude with a discussion on how this important public health goal may be attained in the U.S. context following a social-ecological model strongly rooted in implementation science, equity and social justice principles.

Keynote Speaker:
Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD
Professor of Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice
Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health

Recognition of Dr. Nader's Legacy:

Dr. Shaila Serpas, MD, MPH. Family Physician and Program Director, Scripps Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program
Blanca Meléndrez, MA. Executive Director, UC San Diego Center for Community Health


Pending CDR Approval for 1.25 CPEUs

We are pleased to offer 1.5 Advanced-Level CHES/MCHES Credits for this webinar! The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is a Designated Provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialists/Master Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES/MCHES) through The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).