A program of the Physicians Association for Nutrition

Nutrition for Families offers resources for health professionals to support families in making healthy food choices for optimal growth and development.

The importance of nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life and beyond

Nutrition has enormous effects on human health and well-being and is particularly important in the first 1,000 days of life – from conception to two years of life. It is a period of life with rapid growth and brain development and a time of high nutritional requirements and great vulnerability. Nutrition during this time sets the course for child growth and development.

Find out more about the importance of a healthy diet from the very beginning.

Plant-based diets for pregnant and breastfeeding women and for children

The popularity of plant-based diets is increasing, and more people than ever are interested in adopting a plant-based diet that supports individual and planetary health. This diet shift often involves all family members in different life stages, including children and pregnant women. Plant-based diets are nutritionally adequate in sensitive life stages, including for children and pregnant women.

Learn how you can support your patient in adopting a nutritious, health-promoting plant-based diet.

Plant-based diets in children as a tool to prevent chronic diseases in adult life

Diets high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are a powerful tool in preventing many chronic diseases. As childhood eating behaviors continue into adulthood, children consuming diets rich in whole, plant foods may have a reduced risk for diet-related disease in later life.

Learn more about how a plant-based diet can be a powerful tool in preventing chronic diseases.

Diagnostics and treatments for key nutrients in plant-based diets

All diets have the potential for nutrient inadequacies. For example, the western diet in the U.S. typically lacks potassium, fiber, vitamin D, iron, and calcium and has excessive saturated fat and refined carbohydrates.* In plant-based diets, there are key nutrients that may require extra attention (e.g., vitamin B12, zinc, iodine, omega-3s).

We provide relevant information to help you support your patients with diagnostic and therapeutic measures to track key nutrients in a plant-based diet.

*Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025. https://DietaryGuidelines.gov.

Nutrient library for health professionals

Are you looking for detailed, thorough information about essential nutrients, including requirements (RDAs), food sources, diagnostics and therapeutics, and drug-nutrient interactions?

We have created a comprehensive nutrient library for health professionals to support nutrient knowledge in your daily practice.

More resources for health professionals

We know that you are busy, and patient time is very limited. How can you effectively support your patients in adopting healthy eating behaviors and consuming a nutritionally-adequate diet?

We provide resources for you, like health professional handbooks for pediatricians and OBGYNs, and other children’s and women’s health professionals, simple behavior change communication tools to support your practice, and many more.

Resources for patients

Your patients may have many questions about plant-based diets and seek evidence-based nutrition information.

We have multiple resources available for patients, from handbooks to recipe ideas, a consumer-friendly nutrient library, and much more.

The latest research

It can be very challenging to keep up with current research in medicine and nutrition. We can keep you up to date on the latest research, which is the basis for our evidence-based recommendations.

See what’s new in the world of plant-based nutrition, including nutrition for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children as well as planetary health.