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Welcome to the May newsletter
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Thank you to everyone who came to our conference in April – the presentations from the event and some more photos can now be found on the events page. We will be following up with delegates soon and hopefully will have films of the presentations to add to the website in due course.

Baby food report
Baby food jars and pouches unpacked
Baby foods in the UK

We launched our new report on baby foods at the conference and you can access this here.

Plans for 2017 and beyond
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We are pleased to be able to tell all our subscribers that we have now secured funding so that First Steps can be a sustainable charity for the future. During the second half of 2017 we will be making plans for how we do this, what work we will focus on and how things might change in 2018.

We are however now able to fund some staff time for:
Action on additives  
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Twitter: @actionadditives
Action on Additives campaigns to provide information on colourings, flavourings and sweeteners in foods and children ’s medicines. Set up over 10 years ago at The London Food Commission, Action on Additives is now being run via First Steps Nutrition Trust. We are currently reviewing the use of ‘The Southampton Six’ food colours in the UK since EU legislation requiring a warning label on foods that these additives might cause hyperactivity in children came into force in 2008 and highlighting the need for maintaining legislation on additives when the UK leaves the EU.
Healthy Start Alliance  
Healthy Start Alliance

Twitter: @HSAllianceUK
The Healthy Start Alliance promotes, informs and advocates for the UK Healthy Start welfare food scheme. The aim of the Alliance is to bring organisations together who both support low income families and promote better health and wellbeing in pregnant women and young children. The Alliance collates information, links those working to support Healthy Start together and aims to increase uptake and awareness of the scheme.
Please do sign up for the newsletters of these organisations that sit under the First Steps umbrella and follow them on facebook and twitter to find out what their plans are.


First Steps Nutrition Trust is on semi-sabbatical over summer 2016, so queries will be answered, but may take a little longer.

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. To find out more about the Trust on our About Us page.

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First Step Nutrition Trust's newsletter is 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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