Early childhood news this week is all about nutrition - from rules to new initiatives.
Here are the three notable news blips we ran across this week:
- The FDA announced new rules Thursday on the safety and nutrition of infant formula. Based on two decades of study, the new rules force formula companies to test for salmonella and other pathogens before going to market. While there are already laws on the books regarding what specific nutrients must be present – fats, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins – the new rules will help the FDA enforce and monitor this. Read more here.
- At the United Nations this week, policy-makers, diplomats and researchers met to discuss global strategies for improving child outcomes through a focus on nutrition and health. Based on new research in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences highlighting the relationship between cognitive development and nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life, the UNICEF summit dissected strategies for improving early nutrition.
- Hilary Clinton has added a health focus to her “too small to fail” initiative and launched a new partnership this week with Univision aimed at Latino parents. The campaign that Univision launched this week is called “pequeños y valiosos” (young and valuable), and encourages Latino parents to engage their young children on building language skills. Health and well-being are a large part of the campaign's focus.