Ovia Hosts Third Parenting Exchange: First 1,000 Days

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We have been so excited to partner with Room to Grow to bring our community the last of three Parenting Exchanges over the past couple of months! The third Parenting Exchange focused on “The Impact of a Child’s First 1,000 Days” with guest speaker Dr. Elsie Taveras.

Dr. Elsie Taveras, Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatrics, is a leading expert and researcher in childhood obesity prevention. She gave an engaging presentation about the first 1,000 days, from the beginning of pregnancy to two years old. These 1,000 days are a formative time in nutrition for mom and baby. The impact of nutrition affects the baby’s health, cognitive abilities, and physical development. Dr. Taveras covered the latest innovations, core ingredients for mom and baby, and new research study findings surrounding this critical window of opportunity. Dr. Taveras’ bio and research interests can be found here.

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Some takeaways:

  • Check with your doctor about what eating “healthy” means for you and your family
  • Childhood obesity affects 1 in 3 children and is best treated by prevention and awareness
  • Recognizing foods and beverages with added sugars and removing them from diet
  • Increasing fruit and vegetable intake
  • Nutritional health for mom and baby truly starts before conception
  • Sleep is important for parents and children alike- both in quality and duration

 Thanks to Room to Grow for being such a great partner in this, and a special thank you all who came and engaged in great discussion!

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