RDBA WEBINAR: Empowering Shoppers with Essential Knowledge & Skills to Feed Growing Families

This webinar was on September 14, 2021

The first 1,000 days offer tremendous potential and opportunity to influence short- and long-term health outcomes. Since experts agree that sound nutrition during this critical period supports a child’s ability to grow and meet developmental milestones, both physically and cognitively, caregivers must take necessary steps to lay a strong foundation during infancy and toddlerhood. Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) can provide practical, evidence-based solutions to help caregivers navigate food choices and feeding techniques during this exciting period.

During this session, registered dietitian and nutrition researcher, Keli Hawthorne, MS, RD, will examine the latest evidence and feeding recommendations for children under 24 months, including why nutrients like iron and zinc, found in beef, are vital for healthy growth and development, and how to overcome barriers during complementary food introduction. Shari Steinbach, MS, RDN will then equip Retail RDNs with ideas for turning this information into actionable educational programming for those customers who are parents and caregivers, by empowering shoppers with solutions for selecting, preparing and feeding their baby nutrient-dense foods, like beef, to make every bite count.

This webinar has been approved for one CPEU for dietetic professionals.


Keli Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian and the Director for Clinical Research for the Department of Pediatrics at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Hawthorne trains physicians, dietitians, medical students and undergraduate students in pediatric nutrition and clinical research study design. Hawthorne’s research focuses on neonatal and pediatric nutrition including mineral absorption, intestinal failure and human milk fortification for premature infants. Hawthorne was a leader in the national efforts to obtain FDA approval for intravenous omega-3 fatty acid lipid emulsions for infants and children in the US with severe liver damage. She received the Texas Distinguished Scientist Award from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a past recipient of the Emerging Dietetic Leader Award and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. Hawthorne relocated to Dell Med after 15 years in Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Hawthorne has a B.S. degree in dietetics and clinical nutrition from Texas Christian University and a M.S. degree in Nutrition Science from Texas Women’s University.

Shari Steinbach & Associates, LLC is a nutrition and culinary communication consulting firm connecting food companies/commodities, health professionals and consumers at the point-of-purchase. President and owner Shari Steinbach, MS RDN is a nationally recognized food and nutrition consultant who crafts unique client programs that provide meaningful consumer solutions and increased sales through educational selling. With over 30 years of experience in healthcare, foodservice and retail, Shari understands the wellness landscape, culinary trends and consumer needs. She shines a light on what’s important to differentiate your product messages from the crowd and creates practical programs, partnerships and strategies that leverage nutrition to drive sales.  Shari has a M.S. degree in human nutrition from Andrews University and a B.S. degree in dietetics from Central Michigan University.

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