Build and share nutrition knowledge from the first 1000 days through to healthy aging
The foods and beverages babies, children and adults consume play a vital role in shaping health and development. By broadening our understanding of nutritional needs for different life stages, we are able to translate our research into products and services that help people of all ages to enjoy healthier, affordable and more nutritious diets.
Demonstrating our commitment
We have invested in research initiatives designed to support better nutrition understanding for mothers-to-be, infants and children. Our Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) and the Kids Nutrition and Health Study (KNHS) have observed over 77 000 infants, toddlers and children from China, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Philippines and the US. During 2020, we continued to collect and analyze data in Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil.
Together with external partners, we are also part of the NiPPeR (Nutritional Intervention Preconception and During Pregnancy to Maintain Healthy Glucose Metabolism and Offspring Health) trial. This study followed close to 1,800 women before conception who were intending to get pregnant in order to understand their nutritional needs. In 2020, the trial completed the follow-up of more than 550 babies who were born throughout their first year of life. The study aims to test nutritional solutions to assist in the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy and promote short- and long-term health of infants
Helping kids thrive
In 2020, Gerber launched two new gummy multivitamins based on data collected in our FITS study in the US.
The study found that the majority of 2 to 4-year-olds do not eat sufficient foods (such as fish) that contain Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential type of Omega 3 fat.
In response, Gerber created Lil’ Brainies Multivitamins, which are formulated with an Omega Tri-Blend made with chia seed oil, plant-based DHA and choline. This formulation helps children get these crucial nutrients during the important early learning and exploration stage.
Our new gluten- and GMO-free Grow Mighty Complete Kids Multivitamins contain key nutrients to help strengthen kids’ immune systems and bone and eye health, while also supporting their brain development. They offer an easy way to tackle nutritional deficits in children’s diets and help them get the best possible start in life.
Supporting mobility during aging
Decreasing mobility is one of the top challenges of aging. In China, we launched a milk product for adults that has a unique combination of ingredients to support bone health, muscle strength and joint functionality. The powdered beverage under the YIYANG Active brand has been clinically proven to enhance mobility during aging and is the first Nestlé product with functional food approval in China.
Supporting education for healthcare professionals
In collaboration with three international universities, Nestlé supported online programs in pediatric nutrition aimed at healthcare professionals (HCPs). These three programs offer a unique opportunity to strengthen knowledge and practice in pediatric nutrition:
- Post Graduate Program in Pediatric Nutrition (PGNP) with Boston University, School of Medicine, USA
- Certified Program in Nursing and Nutrition (CPNN) with Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, Baltimore, USA
- Early Nutrition Specialist (ENS) program with Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)
In 2020, 11 375 HCPs benefited from these programs, learning from leading experts in the field through a series of online and app-based modules. More than 90% completed the three programs and over 96% rated the programs as excellent and relevant to their clinical practice.