Purpose and Mission
The Nutrition SIG of the APA brings together health professionals committed to effective nutrition research, practice, and teaching in academic and community pediatrics.
Current SIG Goals
- To highlight the role of nutrition in specialty and subspecialty care
- To provide a platform for members with similar interests in medical nutrition to share ideas and resources
- To enhance nutrition education and training
- To spark interest in attaining recognition by the American Board of Medical Specialties for physician nutritional specialists.
We had a good turnout for the Nutrition SIG meeting at PAS in Toronto. We began with a research presentation from the Nutrition Young Investigators awardees. Dr. Megan Pesch presented her research on the role of portion size in maternal restrictive feeding behaviors among mothers of obese and non-obese children. Dr. Laura Kair presented her research on the effects of providing breast pumps upon hospital discharge on improving exclusive breastfeeding among low income, first-time mothers. Dr. Robert Karp presented a special session about the development of online content modules for active learning in nutrition for the American Board of Pediatrics exam. This project is ongoing and we welcome all members sharing Dr. Karp’s interest to attend and discuss their ideas. Our meeting in 2019 will focus on the role of the nutrition subspecialty clinic in providing comprehensive nutritional assessment and dietary counseling to pediatric patients.
Our 2019 SIG keynote address Dr. Deborah Frank MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center will share her journey in establishing the Grow clinic. We will discuss the nutrition subspecialty in both the academic and community setting, especially as it relates to providing care for high risk and low-income patients. We look forward to the new directions of the nutrition SIG.
Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:
- Education SIG
- Obesity SIG
- Environmental Health
- Global Health
- Integrative Pediatrics