Health impacts of our food system: first 1000 days + non-communicable diseases
A Talk by Lisanne du Plessis
Human Nutrition, Stellenbosch University
About this talk
The first 1000 days of life, the time from conception to a child’s second birthday, is a critical period for ensuring optimal nutrition. The diets of the mother and baby during this time have huge influence over both the short-term and lifelong health and well-being of the child. We understand the nourishment necessary to provide children with a healthy start to life, but we must also understand the reality faced by many food insecure households as they attempt to meet the needs of a growing child, and why malnutrition and infant stunting are so pervasive in Cape Town, even before the pandemic hit. What will the consequences be for mothers, infants and toddlers during and after this time of crisis?<hr>
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Lisanne du Plessis
Lisanne du Plessis is an Associate Professor in Community Nutrition in the Division of Human Nutrition, Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Her field of experience and research focus is in Public Health Nutrition with a special interest in the environment that affects Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN).