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Using Current Research for Clinical and Community Applications: Maternal and Child Nutrition

Thursday April 25th, 2019

Location: Fogarty Hall - University of Rhode Island


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6-6:25 pm - Meet/Greet/Mingle in Food Lab

6:30-6:35 pm - Introduction To Presentations

6:35-8:00 pm - Presentations and Questions


Haley Parker, MS RD

  • Title: Poor prenatal diet quality in US women, a neglected public health concern

  • Summary: Prenatal diet impacts various maternal and child health outcomes, making pregnancy an opportune target for improving diet. Nutrition guidelines have evolved to address high-quality dietary patterns rather than specific nutrient guidelines, however, few studies have examined diet quality during pregnancy. This presentation will explore the importance of prenatal diet quality on maternal and child health outcomes, groups experiencing disparities in prenatal diet quality, and opportunities for improvement. Attendees will become aware of the diet quality concerns of pregnant women in different income and racial groups and will learn about specific risk factors where public health efforts should focus.

Alyssa Abreu

  • Title: Maternal Blood Pressure in Relation to Low Birth Weight and the Effect of a Nutritional Supplement

  • Summary: Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy impact over 10% of pregnancies worldwide, and over 20% of pregnancies in the Sub-Saharan country of Ghana. What is more, maternal hypertension is associated with adverse birth outcomes, such as an infant born with a low birth weight. Research determining effective nutritional supplementation to decrease maternal hypertension is limited, and the blood pressure cutoffs for hypertension were recently updated to a systolic blood pressure of ≥ 130 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure of ≥ 80 mmHg. Therefore, our objectives were to 1) evaluate the impact of prenatal lipid-based nutrient supplement consumption on maternal hypertension; and 2) assess the association between maternal hypertension during early and late pregnancy with infant birth weight using the new blood pressure cutoffs in a population of 1320 pregnant, Ghanaian women.

Amy Moore, MS

  • Title: Snacking in Infant and Toddlers

  • Summary: Less healthy snack food intake has increased in young children, yet little is known about snack food intake during infancy. This talk will explore the current research on snacking during the infant and toddler years, including factors that influence caregiver decisions to offer snack foods and the associations between snack foods and health outcomes. This talk will also include implications for practice and future areas for research.


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