Mildred Horodynski, PhD, RN, FAAN
Office Address: Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research, 1355 Bogue St., Room #C244, East Lansing, MI 48824
Office Phone: (517) 355-8360
Overview of research interests include:
- Prevention of overweight/obesity in young children
- Infant/toddler feeding behaviors
- Nutrition education aimed at toddlers
- Mealtime interaction
- Maternal feeding practices
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A growing body of evidence shows increasing incidence of infant obesity, especially among low-SES families. The first year of life, and particularly the first 6 months, is a critical period for reducing risk of obesity, especially since 40% of parents report feeding their baby solid food before the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendation of 4-6 months. Early initiation of solid food is linked to obesity.
The Healthy Babies (HB) curriculum, a series of six lessons available in English and Spanish, is designed to promote the development of healthy infant feeding practices through nutrition and parenting education. The HB lessons are designed to teach the main messages of the current dietary recommendations of the AAP and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.