We’ve all heard about the importance of protein in the aging population or in an athlete’s diet but are you aware of the importance of introducing quality protein in an infant’s diet? This webinar will kick off by showcasing the importance of the “new mom” shopper to retailers and reviewing the recommended guidelines suggested for transitioning to solid foods for infants and how exposing babies to a wide variety of healthy foods can be beneficial in the long run. Meat can be an important source of much-needed protein in an infant’s diet during the transition to solid foods, according to new research from the University of Colorado published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This webinar will discuss the current literature on protein intake and infant growth comparing two protein sources: meat vs. dairy, during early complementary feeding. Dr. Tang will cover the pivotal role meat can play in an infant’s diet when it comes to early length growth. The webinar will conclude by addressing shopper trends with some insights into customer behavior and shopping habits – particularly Millennials, specifically those with children – and how you can help establish healthy eating habits early on in their children’s lives.
Adria Huseth, a registered, licensed dietitian and personal trainer, is the manager of Nutrition Communications and Research for the National Pork Board, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Adria manages Checkoff-funded human nutrition research projects in collaboration with the Science and Technology department and for communicating pork’s role in a healthful diet to media, health professionals and consumers using scientific and practical information.
Before joining the National Board in January of 2010, Huseth worked for the government nutrition education program WIC (Women, Infants and Children) in Central Iowa. Prior to WIC, she was a market research analyst at Maytag Corporation.
Huseth graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 after she completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics and joined Florida Hospital for her 10-month CADE dietetic internship. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from the University of Iowa in 2004 and her personal training certificate from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in May of 2016. Adria has her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management and has completed the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Program. Adria is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics including the Food and Culinary Professionals, Public Health and Community Nutrition and Dietitians in Business and Communications DPG’s. She is also a member of the Iowa Dietetic Association and Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy. She is the Track Program Coordinator on the Eat Well Task Force – a community initiative that focuses on the lifestyle and behavior considerations for a holistic approach to improving health and wellness engagement in her community.
Minghua Tang, PhD is an Assistant Professor at University of Colorado (School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition). Her research interest is the biological underpinnings of obesity and chronic disease prevention early in life, with a special interest in dietary protein and the gut microbiome. She completed her doctorate degree in human nutrition and a minor in applied statistics at Purdue University and postdoctoral training at University of Colorado School of Medicine.