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April 2015

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First Steps Nutrition Trust has just celebrated its 4th birthday! We are delighted to be celebrating this with the announcement of three exciting new patrons for the charity who have agreed to support us and help us promote the work we do.

All our new patrons have made a significant contribution to child health in the UK and globally, and represent the different areas we work, in from academia and policy making to campaigning work with the NGO sector and practical eating well advice.

We have condensed some of their impressive achievements below.

Jamie Oliver MBE

Jamie Oliver MBE

Jamie is a chef and campaigner who has a particular interest in good food for children, and food education. He has been given awards from the Harvard School of Public Health and the RCGP for his work on tackling childhood obesity. He also set up Food Revolution to make practical food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum across the world.

Patti Rundall OBE

Patti is the Policy Director at Baby Milk Action and co-chair of IBFAN’s Global Council. She is an indefatigable campaigner for safe infant feeding and the protection of all infants from irresponsible marketing of breastmilk substitutes as well as a global campaigner for conflict of interest free public health policy making.

Patti Rundall OBE

Professor Annie Anderson

Professor Annie Anderson

Annie is a public health nutritionist based at the University of Dundee who has a long academic pedigree in supporting good nutrition in infancy and the early years. She sits on the SACN Maternal and Child Nutrition panel and has a particular interest in cancer prevention and behaviour change, running the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network:


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What do we do

Over the last month we have been busy working on some new resources, working with the Institute of Health Visitors on a training pack for Health Visitors to support the key priority area of Healthy Weight, Healthy Nutrition and thinking about what we want to achieve over the next 2 years.

First Steps Nutrition Trust works in 3 key areas. We thought it might be useful to highlight what we have done in these areas so far, and what we plan to do over the coming months.

Please check out all our work on this website.

Eating well in pregnancy
We have produced resources to support women to eat well in pregnancy, and to support young women specifically. We have a recipe guide for teenagers and our work on Healthy Start also supports women in pregnancy.
pregnancy pear What will we do next?

We plan to produce a guide to support parents-to-be on pre-conceptual nutrition and will consider how we can expand our support for pregnant women through new ideas for simple, cost-effective recipes that can be accessed even when cooking facilities are limited.

Infants & new mums
We provide resources to support new mums to eat well however they choose to feed their baby. We have a library of simple guides on breastmilk and breastfeeding, infant formula, follow on formula and infant milks, and these can be used to support families. Our work on Healthy Start also supports new families.

We also provide detailed scientific evidence-based reports for health professionals on Infant milks in the UK and on Fortified milks marketed worldwide for children over 1 year of age.
mum and new infants A number of statements relevant to specific aspects of infant feeding can also be found on this website.

To support those working in Unicef Baby Friendly accredited areas we also produce a short resource outlining websites and organisations funded by the formula industry which should be avoided, as well as a list of good independent sources of information that we recommend.
What will we do next?

We will continue to update these resources regularly so that health professionals have independent and up-to-date sources of information to refer to. We are currently working on a new report on Specialised infant milks in the UK which we hope will be available in its first incarnation in May 2015.

Eating well: Early Years
We provide resources to support vegan infants and under 5’s to eat well, to support those providing packed lunches for 1-4 year olds and family recipes that can support all family members including the under 5s.

We support healthy and sustainable diets and provide guidance for early years settings and an academic summary of some of the issues relating to sustainable diets for the under 5s.
Early Years pears What will we do next?

We are currently finishing the resource Eating well: the first year, and this and the resource Eating well for under 5s should both be available in summer 2015. We hope to do more work on fussy eating and provide additional support to those supporting children on special diets.
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What else do we do?

As well as producing resources and information we work with a number of organisations in the UK and elsewhere to support good nutrition and promote policy change.  We are currently putting together a summary report which will provide an outline of what we do and who we work with.

We also run the Healthy Start Alliance and the Action on Additives websites. You can find out more about these by following the links.

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Other News

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Data matters: why we need to fight for the infant feeding study to be re-instated post May 2015

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First Steps Nutrition Trust offers information and resources to support good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years.
Our aim is to produce clear and independent resources to support people who want to know more about eating well before and during pregnancy, eating well for infants and young children, and food composition and food quality.

First Steps Nutrition Trust takes no industry funding. We are funded through charitable trusts and donations. We aim to provide a one-stop shop for useful and accurate evidence-based information on good nutrition from pre-conception to five years.
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First Step Nutrition Trust's newsletter will be published regularly to promote information and awareness of the importance of good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years and to highlight the work of the Trust.
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