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An Immersive Virtual Experience on Beef’s Role in Early Childhood Nutrition

Early Years Photography
Early Years Photography
Early Years Photography


This year is pivotal for child nutrition. For the first time, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) will offer authoritative guidance for infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months of age. A growing body of scientific evidence illustrates the beneficial role of beef’s nutrients for physical and cognitive development in the early years. Now is the perfect time to elevate awareness of the science and provide practical recommendations for parents and caregivers to help children grow and meet developmental milestones.

The Eating in the Early Years E-Vent is an immersive virtual experience you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Join us as researchers and health professionals gather to review and discuss the current state of the science surrounding nutrition recommendations for birth to 24 months, unpack what and how we feed infants and toddlers, and determine ways to inspire behavior change to improve nutrition outcomes in the early years.


  • FREE educational sessions on topics from authoritative guidance, to the science behind ideal first foods and driving evidence-based action
  • Presentations provided by leading child nutrition and feeding experts, including Bob Murray, MD; Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP; and Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN

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    All educational sessions from the live virtual e-vent are now available for on-demand viewing! You will need your username and password to log in to the virtual e-vent platform. If you registered for the live event, but have not received login information, please contact [email protected]. Click on the button below to access all the recordings and session handouts, among other materials.

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    If you are interested in gaining access to the recordings but did not register for the live e-vent, please fill out a registration form below. Please do not complete another registration form if you have previously applied for the live event.

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    Click on the link below to access all the virtual e-vent illustrations for a visual summary of the live educational sessions. Click on each illustration to download and share! Don't forget to use the hashtag #StrongStartsWithBeef to connect with other attendees on social media. We hope you enjoy this interpretation of the content coming to life!

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    Continuing Education

    This event has been approved for 8 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for RDs and DTRs. If you attended the live virtual e-vent or viewed the on-demand sessions, please log in to the virtual event platform and click on ‘CE Info’ to claim your CPEUs. Individual session credits are listed below. Please download the certificate, complete the necessary fields and indicate the total number of hours you attended.

    • Fireside Chat: Why the Early Years? (1 CPEU) 
    • Feeding the Next Generation: What Do the Experts Say? (1 CPEU)
    • Ideal First Foods: Solving for Nutrient Gaps and the Impact of Maternal Practices (1 CPEU)
    • Exploring Practices for Feeding and Nourishing Throughout Childhood (1 CPEU)
    • A Peek into the Mind of a New Parent: The How, What and Why Behind Nutrition and Feeding Practices (1 CPEU)
    • Real Parents, Real Stories (1 CPEU)
    • Innovations in Food and Feeding Development for Infants and Toddlers (1.5 CPEU)
    • Closing Session: Evidence to Action (0.5 CPEU) 

    Infant and toddler nutrition is challenging to navigate alone. You can help parents and caregivers select nutrient-rich first foods and navigate complimentary feeding with these educational resources.


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