The Early Life Nutrition Coalition is an affiliation of professional, academic, advocacy, corporate and healthcare groups working collaboratively to promote and communicate the importance of Early Life Nutrition as a long-term preventative health measure.
The Coalition’s aim is to drive awareness and action that supports empowerment and behavioural change for improved nutritional status during the First 1,000 Days – that being prior to conception through to toddlerhood. Key areas of focus include: maternal nutrition before, during and after pregnancy; paternal health and diet; promoting the importance of breastfeeding for as long as possible; introducing solids, including known allergens, at around six months; and positive nutritional role modelling by parents and caregivers, health care professionals, society and policy makers.
A growing body of evidence shows that the First 1,000 Days provides a critical window of opportunity where a healthy environment, particularly good nutrition, can positively influence lifelong health by reducing the risk of obesity, allergy, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and improved mental wellbeing.
Globally, we are facing an obesity epidemic and life expectancy has declined relative to historical patterns. Both poor lifestyle choices and nutrition contribute significantly to this situation.
The Early Life Nutrition Coalition believes every child deserves the best possible start to life.
Coalition Members include:
Australian Diabetes Educators Association; Australian Diabetes Society; Caring and Living as Neighbours; The Children’s Nutrition Research Centre, University of Queensland; Nutricia Early Life Nutrition; Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society Australia and New Zealand; Dietitians Association of Australia; Healthy Start Workforce Project; The Liggins Institute; Menzies Institute for Medical Research; Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Pharmaceutical Society of Australia; United Way Australia; and the University of Auckland.