Child Nutrition Digital Series

A Practical Approach to Pediatric Nutrition

February 2, 2023 – June 8th, 2023

Nutrition and physical activity are important in the growth and development of children and the prevention and management of many chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and overweight and obesity. In Canada, nutrition education in medical schools is limited and many family physicians report feeling ill-prepared to provide nutrition education to their patients and their families.

The Child Nutrition digital series is designed to offer physicians and healthcare providers a relevant and comprehensive overview of clinical nutrition throughout the lifespan from infancy to adolescence. The series will consist of ten, one hour-long interactive virtual sessions presented by clinicians and scientists. Each session will introduce a key, “hot” topic, that will instruct participants on how to talk to their patients about the nutrition topic and include key messages and approaches that can be incorporated into their practice immediately. At the end of each session, participants will be provided with a 1-page summary.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the Child Nutrition Education Series participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the nutritional requirement of infants, toddlers and children.
  • Summarize the clinical practice guidelines relating to child nutrition.
  • Identify effective strategies to promote healthy eating behaviours and how to speak to patients and their families about nutrition.
  • Identify appropriate nutrition screening tools and resources to use in clinical practice to improve the nutrition knowledge and guide the behaviour of patients and their families.

Structure of the Program

  • 10 live interactive sessions scheduled over 18 weeks

  • Resource material available after each session with key messages and detailed practical approaches

Series Faculty Highlight

Dr. Vivian Choo

Dr. Vivian Choo is a Family Physician practicing in Toronto. She completed an education scholarship fellowship with the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and contributes to physician education work in the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition. Holding two degrees from U of T’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, her interests are in the application and promotion of nutrition education in primary care.

Who is this program for?

This digital series will appeal to pediatricians, family doctors, dietitians, nutrition scientists, nurse practitioners, education specialists and trainees

Series Support

This series is made possible due to the generous support of Joannah and Brian Lawson.

Read about their support of the Lawson Centre and the efforts to expand nutrition training to practising physicians, health professionals and medical students.