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Nutrient Profiling

Nutrient profiling is the science of classifying foods based on their nutritional composition and can be a tool to help address all forms of malnutrition. 

Join us for an interactive webinar on Thursday, December 10th at 10:00 EST to discuss the necessity of nutrient profiling in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our expert speakers will analyze and compare current profiling methodologies, highlight challenges, and the steps required to develop a nutrient profiling system fit for the LMIC context through the lens of the government, private sector, and academia.

In partnership with Professor Adam Drewnowski of the University of Washington, Sight and Life is developing a manual on nutrient profiling for LMICs after identifying a lack of nutrient profiling guidance and methodologies suitable for LMICs (publication early 2021). This gap was detected through an in-depth review of OBAASIMA, a public-private partnership aiming to improve micronutrient intakes of women of reproductive age through the utilization of a seal to create demand for nutritious and affordable food in Ghana (find out more about OBAASIMA here). Using OBAASIMA as an example, this webinar will share the importance of nutrient profiling, especially for LMICs, and open the floor for questions on the topic.

Save your spot and register here!

Moderator

Breda Gavin- Smith, SRD, MPH, is the Global Public Health Nutrition Manager, Sight and Life. She is a Dietitian and Public Health Professional with experience in both the public and private sector in Ireland, UK, South East Asia and West & Southern Africa. Specializing in issues and initiatives that require multi-stakeholder engagement and participation with a track record of successful project management of programs requiring collaboration across cultures, sectors and multi-levels.

Speakers

Dr. Emorn Udomkesmalee is the Senior Advisor and Former Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. She is currently the Board Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Board member of the Micronutrient Forum and Sight and Life Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the Scientific Council – Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD)/France and Scientific Director of ILSI South East Asia. Her research interests include micronutrient assessment, bioavailability and metabolism; efficacy of food-based interventions to address micronutrient deficiencies; maternal and child nutrition policy and program implementation.

Prof. Dr. Adam Drewnowski is the Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He obtained his MA degree in biochemistry at Balliol College, Oxford University, and PhD in psychology at The Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Drewnowski is the author of the Nutrient Rich Food Index (NRF), a nutrient profiling model that helps consumers identify foods that are nutrient rich, affordable, and appealing.  His landmark Seattle Obesity Study (SOS III), funded by the National Institutes of Health, has explored health disparities by Seattle neighborhoods, focusing on the relation between diet quality and diet cost.  Those studies have provided maps of food patterns, obesity and diabetes and COVID-19 risk by geographic area.  Dr. Drewnowski has authored over 300 research publications.  He advises governments, foundations, and the private sector on issues related to diet quality and health. Complete List of Published Work 

Dr Saskia de Pee is Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where she leads the Systems Analysis for Nutrition team and is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston and at Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She has worked in public health nutrition for more than 20 years, focusing on science as well as practical applications, policies and strategies. Prior to joining WFP in 2007 she worked for Helen Keller International in the Asia Pacific region for 10 years. She has co-authored more than 150 scientific publications and holds a PhD in Nutrition from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Samuel Kwame Ntim Adu is the founder and CEO of Yedent Agro Group of Companies Ltd, a leading agro processing company based in Sunyani that serves the industrial, institutional and household markets. He is an alumnus of KNUST, and holds a degree in Economics and Geography, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley Management College, UK and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from GIMPA. Kwame has deepened conceptual and practical knowledge in Agri and food business management from three leading America Universities in these fields. He is a Cochran fellow in food business and safety from the Michigan State University, an alumnus of Purdue University in Agri business financing as well as an alumnus of Stanford SEED in business management. 

Dr Esi Foriwa Amoaful is the Director of Nutrition at Ghana Health Service. She is a nutritionist and public health specialist and Maternal Child Health and Nutrition advocate with over 25 years field experience and a special focus on nutrition and health programs design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community-based health services and operational research. Her vision is to contribute to sustained improvement in nutrition status by focusing on program design, system strengthening and promotion of maternal and childhood nutrition in particular through coordinated planning and capacity development for improved competencies, knowledge and skills. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and has a degree in Nutrition and Biochemistry and certificate in Nutrition Program Monitoring and Evaluation from University of Ghana and the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, USA respectively. She is also a member of the HarvestPlus Global Program Advisory Committee and the Sweetpotato Support Platform for West Africa.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 10th and register for the webinar here!

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Improving prenatal nutrition: Making the case for multiple micronutrient supplements 

On April 28, 2020, we teamed up with Devex and DSM for a webinar focusing on multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS). During the event, a Devex moderator led a discussion on how critical maternal nutrition during pregnancy is for antenatal care and global health in general. The event’s aim was to highlight the importance of MMS as a driver to improve maternal nutrition and share insights on existing and future interventions to ensure that all women have access to MMS during pregnancy and understand their benefits. Klaus Kraemer, Managing Director for Sight and Life, was part of the expert panel and emphasized that greater importance should be placed on cross-sector collaborations to overcome current challenges and increase demand, supply and delivery of high coverage MMS.

Watch the full webinar below and find the responses to the Q&A here

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Join us for an informational webinar “Improving prenatal nutrition: Making the case for multiple micronutrient supplements” on Tuesday, April 28, from 10-11:10 a.m. ET.

The event aims to highlight the importance of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) as a driver to improve maternal nutrition and share insights on existing and future interventions to ensure that all women have access to MMS during pregnancy and understand their benefits. The expert panelists will emphasize that greater importance should be placed on cross sector collaborations to overcome current challenges and increase demand, supply and delivery of high coverage MMS.

Register here to reserve your spot!

Speakers include:

Dr. Saskia Osendarp, executive director, Micronutrient Forum
Dr. Jennifer Busch-Hallen, senior technical adviser for maternal and neonatal health and nutrition, Nutrition International
Inraini Fitria Syah, chief project officer, Summit Institute of Development SID Indonesia
Dr. Kristen M. Hurley, senior vice president of nutrition, Vitamin Angels
Dr. Klaus Kraemer, managing director, Sight and Life

Panelists will draw on their personal experience in the sector to explain the potential impact of a greater emphasis on communication strategies surrounding MMS and a continued push to scale up MMS programs.

For more on the topic, check out this article on Devex by Klaus Kraemer outlining the issue or read our action in brief on MMS here. Additionally, sign-up here to receive our Sight and Life Special Report: Focusing on MMS on April 28th. It compiles and curates the latest evidence, experience from the field and resources for scale-up and aims to serve as an important resource for decision-makers and implementers, thereby driving the introduction and adoption of MMS.

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Join us on Tuesday, October 15th for a webinar with World Food Programme focusing on data in nutrition and highlighting the important topics covered in the latest edition of the Sight and Life magazine.

Speaker Line-up

Introduction: Strengthening the Nutrition Data Value Chain – Gaps and Disruptive Opportunities by Srujith Lingala and Madhavika Bajoria of Sight and Life 

Dalili: Smartphone-based data curation to put affordable, nutritious food on the plates of the world’s most vulnerable by Kelly Stableim of the World Food Programme

Portraying your data – a guide to creating infographics by Anne Milan of Sight and Life 

Please join the webinar HERE.

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Date in Nutrition Webinar

We teamed up with Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy for a webinar focusing on data in nutrition and highlighting the important topics covered in the latest edition of the Sight and Life magazine

Srujith Lingala and Madhavika Bajoria, editors of this Sight and Life magazine, guide an informative discussion on the data value chain along with guest speakers Rahul Rawat of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Meera Sawkar of GeoPoll and Anne Milan of Sight and Life. Watch the full webinar below. 

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Tue, Sep 17, 2019 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CEST – FREE

Join us for a webinar with Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy (ANH) focusing on data in nutrition and highlighting the important topics covered in the latest edition of the Sight and Life magazine. Srujith Lingala and Madhavika Bajoria, editors of this Sight and Lifemagazine, will guide us through an informative discussion on the data value chain. The webinar will feature speakers such as Rahul Rawat from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Meera Sawkar from Geopoll, and Anne Milan from Sight and Life delving into thought-provoking topics and their conclusions.

Please register here : http://bit.ly/ANHSAL

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The inaugural Sight and Life Webinar series focuses on the topic of behavior change communications (BCC) and is presented in a series of four webinars. In this series we examine the BCC process from the program manager’s point-of-view. That means, we emphasize experiential knowledge combined with research analysis, and identify tools and tips to help the program manager manage the BCC process.

In the first webinar titled, “People eat food not nutrition: Integrating BCC into nutrition programs” our experts define BCC and its key principles. In addition, explain where BCC fits with other communication approaches and why viewing BCC as a process with distinct steps is key to its success.

The second webinar, “Assessing the situation: What you need to know” is where we identify the typical knowledge needs for BCC intervention in nutrition. Our expert reveals techniques that can maximize the information from your knowledge sources including written material, such as program reports or scientific papers, experienced program stakeholders or service providers, and of course, your target audience. Additionally, we share tips for tailoring formative research in order to generate insights on the factors driving eating behaviors.

The essence of designing and implementing a BCC strategy are discussed in the third webinar, “BCC Strategy and Roll out: The devil’s in the detail“.  Here our in-house social marketing expert, Ms Yana Manyuk, will share her tips and tricks for creative design, pre-testing ideas, and the all-critical roll-out strategy. 

Every program manager is accountable for doing something that works. In the fourth webinar, “Monitoring the Process: Does it work?” we discuss monitoring and evaluation for BCC strategy. Topics include BCC program theory, critical pathways, process indicators, and the always loved, monitoring framework. We provide practical advice on how to use monitoring data to refine or redesign the BCC strategy.

Watch the entire series below: 

The presentation slide decks are also available for download on our resources page here

Stay tuned in to the happenings at Sight and Life as we announce our next Sight and Life Webinar Series, where Sight and Life experts explore, unpack, and demystify topics that are of interest to the global nutrition community.  

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We are proud to announce the inaugural Sight and Life Webinar Series, where Sight and Life experts explore, unpack, and demystify topics that are of interest to the global nutrition community.  

Our first Sight and Life Webinar series will focus on the topic of behavior change communications (BCC). Presented in a series of four webinars, we will examine the BCC process from the program manager’s point-of-view. That means, we emphasize experiential knowledge combined with research analysis, and identify tools and tips to help the program manager manage the BCC process. 


Mark your calendars and register for the webinars below…

 
Webinar 1 | Now Online
People Eat Food Not Nutrition: Integrating BCC into Nutrition Programs
 
Webinar 2 | Now Online
Assessing the Situation: What You Need to Know

Webinar 3 | Now Online
BCC Strategy and Roll Out: The Devil’s in the Detail 

Webinar 4 | Now Online
Monitoring the Process: Does it Work?

In the first webinar titled, “People eat food not nutrition: Intergrating BCC into nutrition programs” our experts define BCC and its key principles. Additionally, explain where BCC fits with other communication approaches and why viewing BCC as a process with distinct steps is key to its success.

If you are a program manager or health practitioner who understands the need for behavior change and wants guidance as well as practical tips for BCC that can be applied to multiple programs, then this webinar series is for you. Please sign-up for the webinars using the links above. For or those who will not be able to attend the webinar due to scheduling conflicts, each webinar will be recorded and posted on our website.

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Visit the Resources section to DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE BOOK.

Abstract

The first 1,000 days, from conception to two years of age, is a critical period of growth and development. Exposures to dietary, environmental, hormonal, and other stressors during this window have been associated with an increased risk of poor health outcomes, some of which are irreversible. The book, The Biology of the First 1,000 Days, addresses this crucial interval of early life across biological disciplines, linking concepts related to all biological fields to outcomes during the first 1,000 days (e.g. fetal growth and pregnancy outcomes) and beyond (e.g. gut microbiome and cardiovascular disease later in life). The strength of this book lies in its cross-disciplinary nature.

Features

–  Summarizes the importance and irreversible nature of growth and nutrition experienced in the first 1,000 days of life

– Outlines the negative impacts of malnutrition, hormonal stressors, environmental enteropathies, inadequate early growth, and others on later life

– Examines the biology and pathophysiology of the myriad influences on early health and development

– Reviews normal and abnormal fetal and infant development associated with prenatal and postnatal exposures

– Provides suggestions for interventions mitigating poor fetal and early postnatal conditions

Editors

Crystal Karakochuk, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia
Investigator, Healthy Starts, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Kyly Whitfield, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University

Prof Tim Green
Affiliate Professor Discipline of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide

Klaus Kraemer
Director of Sight and Life and Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Reviews

“The Biology of the First 1000 Days compiles the substance behind what we know to be the key to progress. Investing in good nutrition during a child’s first 1000 days is essential for not only unlocking a child’s physical and mental development. It is the way forward for improved health, productivity, income and a sustainable future – with no one left behind. This book compiles our experience, and showcases it for policy makers, strategists and programmers. I hope the knowledge captured in these pages plays an important role in achieving the ultimate goal – an end to malnutrition, in all its forms.”

– Gerda Verburg, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator and UN Assistant Secretary General

“The book is a comprehensive and synthetic review of key spatial factors ranging from preconception to age two— it is a critical reference and will shape public policy and improve interventions for mother and child – impacts that will last a lifetime”

– Emorn Udomkesmalee, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

“Nutrition policy accepted that the first 1,000 days are critical for life. Now knowledge about the biology of that critical window – so important for specific policy actions – is provided by this volume. It is essential reading for the nutrition community. The list of contributors reads like a Who is Who in nutrition research.”

– Prof. Joachim von Braun, Bonn University, Vice Chair of the Board of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

“In The Biology of the First 1,000 Days we find, clearly and profoundly, the scientific evidence of how good nutrition truly shapes the future of our world – a most valuable contribution to our understanding of a long-neglected issue.”

– Roger Thurow, author of The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – And the World

Visit the Resources section to DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE BOOK.

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On November 28th, 2017, The Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN) hosted its second live webinar entitled “Why Invest in Implementation Research (IR)?”. SISN Board Member, Dr Gretel Pelto, Graduate Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, moderated a panel of three experts who shared their real-world experiences of using IR to great effect in a number of different settings. These panelist presentations included:

Dr Eva Monterrosa, Senior Scientific Manager, Sight and Life speaking on “Using stakeholder analysis to examined acceptability and appropriateness of a nutrition policy. An example from Mexico” (pdf of slides)

Dr Alison Tumilowicz, Senior Technical Specialist in Monitoring, Learning and Research, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) speaking on “Micronutrient powder (MNP) interventions in Ethiopia and Mozambique: The use of IR in program delivery” (pdf of slides)

Ms Giulia Baldi, World Food Programme: “The Fill the Nutrient Gap (FNG) Tool: Taking analysis to action to improve nutrition” (pdf of slides)

The 10-minute presentations illustrated how these case studies ‘mapped’ on to the recently published SISN Classification Scheme for IR and were followed by a lively question and answer period.

We are pleased to share the recording with you, as well as a pdf copy of the slides. We hope that you find the presentation and subsequent discussion informative and thought-provoking.

Watch the complete webinar HERE

Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN) Webinar: Why Invest in IR? November 2017.

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The Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition (SISN) hosted its first live webinar in June of 2017 entitled “An Integrative Framework for Implementation Science in Nutrition” presented by President, Dr. David Pelletier and moderated by Dr. Eva Monterrosa, Secretary and Treasurer of SISN and Sight and Life’s very own Scientific Manager. 

Whether you’re a researcher, policy-maker, front-line implementer or nutrition student, this webinar promotes a common understanding of core concepts in implementation science. It provides an integrative framework for implementation science and classification scheme for distinguishing among the many different forms and purposes of implementation while highlighting the need for implementers and researchers to collaborate to achieve impact-at-scale.

View the complete webinar by clicking HERE