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First 1,000 Days of Life: Relationship Between Early Life Nutrition and Future Health Outcomes
In "First 1,000 Days of Life: Relationship Between Early Life Nutrition and Future Health Outcomes", Dr. Avena will discuss the importance of good nutrition in early life and how it can impact cognitive functioning, immune system health, and food preferences later in life. The latest research findings on how excess sugar and too much intake of highly processed foods can impact the brain and behavioral development will be discussed. Practical tips on how people can incorporate healthier food options into the diet during pregnancy and early life will be discussed.

Performance Indicators* / Learning Objectives:

4.2.6 Analyzes and synthesizes information and identifies new information, patterns and findings.

6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of customers.

8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as well as the biological, physical and social sciences in practice.

*This course has been approved for continuing education for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Dietetic Technicians, Registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Mar 3, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Nicole Avena, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience @Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She is a pioneer in the field of food addiction, and it was her seminal research work that jump started this exciting new field of exploration in medicine and nutrition. She is also an expert in diet during pregnancy, and childhood nutrition. Dr. Avena received a Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University in 2006. She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2010 at the prestigious Rockefeller University in New York City, an all-research institution that lays claim to having had 24 Nobel Prize winners on its staff over the years. Dr. Avena presently is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and a Visiting Professor in Health Psychology at Princeton University. She has published over 90 scholarly journal articles on topics related to diet, nutrition and overeating.