ALBANY — Forty pediatricians from upstate New York engaged with New York Beef Council (NYBC) on beef as a nutritious first food for infants, at the New York American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter One Conference on June 8th. The theme of the beef booth was “Strong Start and Strong Heart.”
At the booth, the pediatricians learned about the importance of protein, zinc and iron for cognitive development and the immune system for growing infants. Cindy Chan Phillips, R.D., director of nutrition education at NYBC shared Checkoff resources on feeding tips for healthy infant growth, as well as research on maintaining a healthy weight for adolescents. The attendees were interested in knowing about the evolution of lean beef and received American Heart Association’s Heart Check certified beef recipes.
In another outreach effort, NY nurse practitioners read about how beef fits in a healthy and sustainable diet, in an article published in the Spring issue of the Journal of NY Nurse Practitioner Association. The Journal is distributed to 3600 nurse practitioner members. In the article entitled The Science of Beef’s Role in a Healthy Sustainable Diet authored by Phillips, readers read about how protein and other nutrients in beef support healthy pregnancies, healthy aging and muscle strength.
Furthermore, Phillips also discussed the environmental stewardship efforts among beef producers, which help establish the United States to be a leader today in sustainable beef production in the world. The article can be accessed at http://bit.ly/jnpabeef.
Phillips’ work with the NYBC is financially supported by the Kansas and Nebraska Beef Councils. For more information on the event, contact Cindy Chan Phillips, R.D., firstname.lastname@example.org.
–New York Beef Council