Our new members join forces to ActEarlier4Health

It’s now well accepted that what happens during the very early years of life has a lifelong effect on certain aspects of health and well-being. It is clear that we do need to act earlier to ensure every child gets the best start in life. Meet our three new members who bring valuable insights and support to our extended focus into preconception and pregnancy

Dr Rosan Mayer, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, Principal Paediatric Principal Research Dietitian, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (read her biography here),

Rosan said: “I am delighted to be a part of the ITF and look forward to contributing my expertise in paediatric nutrition, weaning and feeding of young children. I am particularly supportive of the ITF’s focus on early life nutrition and starting earlier in the life-course to improve the later life of the child, and wholeheartedly support the need to act earlier for later health.”

Gill Perks Lead Midwife at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (read Gill’s biography here)

Gill said: “As a practising midwife I am delighted to be part of the ITF as it broadens its educational programme in to the area of pregnancy nutrition and advice. The importance of good and timely advice on weight, nutrition and guidance for women and families on how to have a healthy pregnancy and birth cannot be underestimated. Getting it right from the start is the key to starting families off to better future health.”

Sukrutha Verareddy MRCOG, PhD
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Labour Ward Lead, Queen Elizabeth hospital, Woolwich Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust (read Sukrutha’s biography here)

Sukrutha said: “Since joining the ITF I have been keen to help contribute to the campaign to act earlier for later health. The trajectory for obesity is on the rise and I see many pregnant women who enter pregnancy with raised body mass Index that increases maternal and fetal risks. The ITF is committed to supporting families at the very start of life . Good advice on weight management, lifestyle and nutrition at pre-conception, during pregnancy and in-between pregnancies can really make a difference to future generations.”

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Further Reading

  • Atul Singhal, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition and Chair of the Infant & Toddler Forum   At the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF), we are committed to giving every child the healthiest start in life. As an expert-led, not-for-profit organisation we have dedicated our work to early life nutrition, from pregnancy to pre-school, because we know that healthy eating habits established in childhood are more likely to last a lifetime.
  • Judy More, Paediatric Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist   As Christmas approaches it can be difficult to plan activities for toddlers! Between decorating, shopping and cooking it may be a challenge to find time to include fun active play with your little one. The Infant & Toddler Forum is here to help with our top tips for maintaining healthy, fun activities for your toddlers during the festive season!
  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   Christmas is a joyful time of year, however as a parent it can also be busy and sometimes stressful. Between planning festive gatherings, shopping for the perfect gifts, and decorating your home, thinking about the perfectly portioned festive meal for your toddler can be an added challenge. The Infant & Toddler Forum is here to help you create an easy and delicious Christmas plate that will save you time but more importantly, that your toddler will enjoy!