The Child Health tier evaluates nutritional and lifestyle factors and their role in child health.
- To study the effects of nutrition and lifestyle on health in infancy and childhood.
- To determine optimal infant and child nutrition for child health.
Research activities within Child Health focus on (i) determining optimal infant and child nutrition for growth and development, bone and locomotor health, neuropsychological functioning, cardiometabolic health and respiratory health (ii) evaluating the effects of nutrition and lifestyle (including maternal nutrition and lifestyle) on various child health outcomes and (iii) behavioral aspects of nutrition.
Nutritional factors examined within Child Health include dietary patterns, specific foods, macro- and micronutrients, breastfeeding and complementary feeding. Lifestyle factors include sun exposure, sedentary behavior, sleep, physical activity and maternal smoking. Research also focuses on determinants and consequences of eating behavior.