Our commitment: Build and share nutrition knowledge from the first 1000 days through to healthy ageing
Nestlé has 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. The findings from the large-scale research projects help define our product developments, consumer communication and educational programmes, and inform dialogue with the scientific and medical communities.
Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS): In India, 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 to identify determinants associated with optimal infant and young child feeding and understand nutritional gaps.
Kids Nutrition and Health Study (KNHS): This study is based on children in the age group of 4–12 years. It will assess 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 use to guide public health policies and develop guidelines for healthy lifestyle and nutrition for 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. This study will be conducted in a phased manner, where in first phase involves a landscape review to understand the existing nutrition scenario and dietary data gaps present among children less than 12 years old. The next phase will be to collect data, pertaining to dietary intake and fill in the identified gap. The results of study will be valuable a data point for addressing the dietary gap and would help support policies related to public health nutrition.
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 2017, NNI conducted around 90 scientific events reaching out to 2,800 healthcare professionals.
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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