Recorded Webinar: Turn Cranky Eaters into Creative Ones: Helping Parents Broaden Food Acceptance

This webinar was presented on Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 2–3 pm ET.

The relationship between a child and their nutrition is complex. A positive relationship with food during childhood is closely associated with their relationship with food as they grow through adolescence and into adulthood. Encouraging a child toward a positive food environment is increasingly recognized as a way to prevent disordered eating and eating disorders.

Nutrition doesn't begin at the table. Nutrition begins in the mind. When a child is hesitant where food is concerned, the parent may want to bribe, reward, and otherwise pressure the child into eating something. This crosses an important but invisible boundary. Enter gentle nutrition exposure.

Join Yaffi Lvova, RDN, for a webinar focused on how to make feeding more meaningful. It's not only taking your child shopping and including them in food prep. It's music and movement. It's drawing. It's watching a goldfish eat broccoli on YouTube. It's spending time together, exposing the child to the importance of nutrition and food enjoyment outside of the table setting, away from the pressure of the plate.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, nutrition professionals will be better able to:

  1. Understand and analyze how the formative relationship with food impacts the adult relationship with food and associated health markers.
  2. Describe how a child’s relationship with food may help prevent disordered eating and eating disorders.
  3. Define and discuss food exposure and meaningful exposures.
  4. Facilitate nutrition interventions with parents by using a holistic and gentle approach.
  5. Strategize unconventional approaches that highlight the various positive attributes of food.

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Yaffi Lvova, RDN, is the owner of Baby Bloom Nutrition® and Toddler Test Kitchen™. Yaffi has twins plus one and used her experience and clinical knowledge to shift gears, providing nutrition education to new and expecting parents, helping smooth the transition into parenthood. In 2015, Yaffi created Toddler Test Kitchen™, a unique culinary adventure for kids ages 2–6. In 2016, Yaffi went live with a weekly Facebook segment and subsequent podcast, Nap Time Nutrition, covering all topics parenthood and nutrition, which turned into a YouTube channel with over 160 unique broadcasts and growing. In 2019, Yaffi wrote “Stage-By-Stage Baby Food Cookbook: 100 Purees and Baby-Led Feeding Recipes” and contributed to the updated Discover Mindful Eating for Kids. Yaffi presented at the Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Arizona Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators joint annual conference and in 2020, she published “Beyond a Bite: Activities for a Mindful Mealtime.”

Yaffi Lvova, RDN, has no relevant disclosures to report. She certifies that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

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