First Steps Nutrition Trust
Welcome to the December newsletter. Since First Steps Nutrition Trust was set up last year we have successfully gained charitable status, produced a number of new reports and have obtained funding for lots of exciting new work which we will launch in 2013. In the New Year we will be launching our practical guide for young women in pregnancy and a guide for vegetarian and vegan infants and children. Details of these and other projects are given below.
Infant Milks in the UK is now available to download and contains the latest information on milks available for infants and children in the UK with clear independent guidance on their suitability. This report is now widely used by health professionals across the UK and we hope to secure funding to continue this work over the coming year. We are also shortly about to produce an annexe to this report which contains details of specialised infant formula which we hope will be useful to dietitians and pediatricians and others who may support families with children with special dietary needs.
First Steps Nutrition Trust is now a member of Sustain (www.sustainweb.org) and the Baby Feeding Law Group (www.babyfeedinglawgroup.org.uk) and during 2013 we hope to expand our profile and work with other charities and NGO promoting good nutrition from pre-conception to five years of age.
You can follow us on twitter (@1stepsnutrition) and from next year we will be regularly updating on our work on twitter and facebook.
You can follow us on twitter @1stepsnutrition and from next year we will be regularly updating on our work on twitter and facebook.
Infant Milks in the UK: A practical guide for health professionals
Click here to download this report
This updated report aimed at health professionals provides information on the composition of infant milks available for sale in the UK and summarises some of the key issues related to infant milks.
It includes information on infant milk with added probiotics and makes clear recommendations about the appropriate temperature at which all formula should be made up and the milks that are suitable at different ages and stages.
Specialised Infant Milks in the UK:
Additional Information for Health Professionals
An annexe to the report Infant Milks in the UK which outlines the composition of specialised formula to support health professionals in their work.
Fortified milks for children: A worldwide review
of the unregulated market for fortified milks aimed at children
A new report considering the composition of fortified milk products marketed around the world, the ingredients being used and the claims being made.
Practical Photographic Eating Well Resources
Eating well for vegetarian and vegan infants and children will be available in early 2013 and we are also preparing a series of short guides to help early years settings support children who may have special dietary needs.
We have also secured funding to produce a resource on Eating well in the first five years of life which will be aimed at parents and carers and this will go into production from December 2012. This will be a free resource and its development is part of a 3 year project to ensure that consistent, practical and independent information is nationally available.
Eating Well for a Healthy Pregnancy: A practical guide for teenagers
This new practical photographic guide will be available in early 2013 and will provide clear guidance on how young women can eat well during pregnancy, with ideas for meal plans, recipes and portion sizes appropriate for young women with varying lifestyles.
New guides are also in development to support Eating well for pregnant and breastfeeding women and to help health professionals support families who are entitled to Healthy Start vouchers.
Action on Additives, the successful campaign to
highlight the need to reduce potentially harmful
artificial colours in foods aimed at children devised by The Food Commission will be resurrected in 2013 on the First Steps Nutrition Trust website.
We will be bringing together work on artificial colours, sweeteners and flavourings to highlight those manufacturers and retailers who continue to use and sell foods and drinks that contain additives that are potentially harmful to children
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We hope you find our work interesting,
and that you will pass our details onto your contacts.
First Steps Nutrition Trust offers information and resources to support good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years.
Until now there has been a lack of clear and independent resources to support people who wanted to know more about eating well before and during pregnancy, eating well for infants and young children, and food composition and food quality. The information out there is often complicated, can be hard to find as it requires trawling different websites, and is often influenced by food and drink companies.
First Steps Nutrition Trust takes no industry money. 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. To find out more about the Trust, you can follow the link to About Us, and you can sign up to the mailing list below. We plan to offer a range of types of information, from simple factsheets to expert reports on nutrition topics, and to link to information and resources from other trusted, independent sources.
Contact us at: Helen@firststepsnutrition.org
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