ASN Sponsored Satellite Program: Science and Policy: Adopting a Fruitful Vegetable Encounter for Our Children

Organized and sponsored by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education
Friday, March 27, 2015

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel – Pacific Grand Ballroom FGH

Program Description

When the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was founded in 1930, the idea that children had nutrient requirements different from those of adults was new. Since then, the body of evidence for feeding recommendations for children, as well as their impact on immediate and long-term health and development, has continued to develop. This session will focus on vegetable feeding practices because this food category is consistently under-consumed, yet delivers many of the nutrients needed during childhood to support healthy growth and development. Experts will present their emerging research and identify gaps needed to understand vegetable consumption and behavior for providing a basis on implementing various strategies to increase vegetable consumption by infants, young children and the school-aged child. By prior arrangement, the presentations from this session will be published as a supplement in the ASN journal, Advances in Nutrition. This step will contribute to the evidence base of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans which, for the first time, will provide the foundational guidance supporting the parent-child dyad in the feeding and acceptance of developmentally appropriate foods for infants and young children.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, attendees will:

  • Understand the evidence from the multidisciplinary science which is essential for providing the foundational guidance on the appropriate feeding of vegetables to infants and young children.
  • Be able to describe research derived from two major consumption database on infant and young child feeding practices, identify the strengths and limitation of this research, and consider additional research questions needed to address vegetable feeding of infants and young children.
  • Acquire an understanding of the developmental trajectory of feeding practices and responsive feeding (i.e., a reciprocal, interactive process between the parent and child resulting in the parent appropriately responding to the child’s signals of hunger and fullness). Feeding issues, such as energy regulation and satiety to promote healthy growth and development will be addressed.
  • Gain insight into the nutritional tradeoff of nutrients contributed by vegetables, including potatoes in the diet.


Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

ASN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 CPEUs. Dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASN (Provider #NS010) is accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs for Registered Dietitians.

Learning Level 2

Suggested Learning Codes:

2020: Composition of foods, nutrient analysis
2070: Macronutrients: carbohydrate, fat, protein, fiber, water
2000: Science of food and nutrition
4000: Wellness and public health


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Ronald E. Kleinman, MD and Theresa A. Nicklas, DrPH, MPH


A historical overview of the science of transitional feeding recommendations for infants and young children. Ronald E. Kleinman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

A historical overview of policy for government feeding programs targeting low-income families. Edward M. Cooney, JD, Congressional Hunger Center, Washington, DC

Vegetable consumption of children ages three to five years: Developmental and maternal influences. Susan L. Johnson, PhD, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO

Nutrient intakes among infants and children from one to three years. Maureen L. Storey, PhD, Alliance for Potato Research & Education, McLean, VA

The nutritional tradeoff of nutrients contributed by vegetables, including potatoes in the diet. Theresa A. Nicklas, DrPH, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Effects of carbohydrate sources in meals on satiety and food intake response in lean healthy children. G. Harvey Anderson, PhD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Status of the science: Where do we go from here? Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Status of science-based policy for children: Where are the research gaps? Ronald E. Kleinman, MD and Theresa A. Nicklas, DrPH, MPH