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Benedictine event focuses on role of nutrition during first 1,000 days of life

February 23, 2015

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine’s College of Education and Health Services and the DuPage County Health Department will sponsor a community forum on nutrition and its impact on early childhood development from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, on the second floor of the University’s Krasa Student Center.

“The First 1,000 Days of Life Can Change the Future” will examine how good nutrition, starting from pregnancy up until age 2, can impact a child’s growth, education and ability to rise out of poverty.

Speakers include Courtney Simek, executive director of Positive Parenting DuPage; Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage County Health Department; and Andrea Gargani, director of community health services for the DuPage County Health Department.

“If we as a community can come together to work at improving the health of all children, we can increase the likelihood that more children will grow into productive adults, which in turn, helps the community at large,” said Julie Moreschi, director of the Dietetic Internship program at Benedictine.

“We are holding this event to raise awareness and to inform the community of the different programs and collaborations we have in health care and nutrition that address this issue head on.”

A community health fair will be held prior to the event at 5:30 p.m. with information on vaccinations, preventing infant obesity and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, early warning signs for food allergies and food safety, genetic testing, mental health first aid, teenage pregnancy, tobacco, heart disease and stroke prevention, and awareness of diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans, such as certain types of influenza and Ebola.

Both events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For further questions, contact Julie Moreschi at jmoreschi@ben.edu or (630) 829-6548.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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