Our commitment: Build and share nutrition knowledge from the first 1000 days through to healthy ageing
As we believe food is the largest single influence on our health, we seek a deeper understanding of the dietary intake, lifestyle and health status of infants, children and older adults. The findings from our large-scale research projects help define our product developments, consumer communication and educational programmes, and inform dialogue with the scientific and medical communities.
Our initiatives and programmes support product development, communications to consumers, educational programmes and increased dialogues with the scientific and medical communities. We have launched two research activities across several countries to build knowledge leadership in children’s nutrition and a better understanding of their lifestyle habits and dietary needs.
- Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS): This study will increase our understanding of current dietary practices and patterns among infants and toddlers. We plan to assess practices regarding breastfeeding, adequacy and appropriateness of complementary feeding, identification of determinant of association of optimal infant feeding and children dietary practices and understand nutritional gaps.
- Kids Nutrition and Health Study (KNHS): This study is based on children in the age group of 4–12 years to evaluate macro- and micronutrient intakes, meal patterns, and feeding practices by demographic categories, frequency of food groups and specific reported foods along with average portion size consumed by age groups and understand nutritional gaps in children.
This study also focuses on food, nutrition, lifestyle and behaviour patterns. The results of the study would be used as a base for formulating policies and guidelines for nutrition and lifestyle needs of infants, toddlers and kids across all cultures and countries. We have partnered with the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Jaipur, to conduct the FITS and KNHS studies in India. These studies will be conducted in a phased manner, with the first phase involving a landscape review to understand the existing nutrition scenario and dietary gaps observed among children less than 12 years old. The results of the study will be continuously analysed and could enable policymakers to formulate nutrition-related policies and regulations.
The Nestlé Nutrition Institute (NNI),is a not-for-profit organisation with a large database of nutritional papers and information, to disseminate scientific information and education material among healthcare professionals, scientists, consumers and nutrition communities. Through this, we aim to create awareness on nutrition science and enhance capabilities among the scientific nutrition community. In 2016, NNI conducted approximately 2,500 scientific events reaching out to nearly 70,000 healthcare professionals and other stakeholders.
Nestlé Health Science (NHSc) pioneers the development and application of evolving science to create a new role for nutrition in disease prevention and management.
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