Our research looks at the connection between nutrition and health at all ages – but particularly in the crucial early days of life.
Build and share nutrition knowledge from the first 1000 days through to healthy aging
Why it matters
What we eat and drink as young children provides the foundation for our lives as adult. But our nutritional needs change as we grow older. That’s why we devote ourselves to studying the links between nutrition and health at various stages of life: from expectant mothers, babies and children, all the way through to healthy aging.
What we are doing
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. Our scientists have worked diligently to deepen our understanding of nutrition knowledge in 2018.
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. We plan 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. The institute was established in 1981 with the goal to foster “Science for Better Nutrition” to help enhance the quality of people’s lives all over the world. Through this, we aim to create awareness on nutrition science and enhance capabilities among the scientific nutrition community. In 2018, NNI conducted around 35 scientific events reaching out to 4,018 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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