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UNITED STATES 21 May 2012 Chicago hosts child malnutrition conference
Chicago, taking advantage of the world’s eyes on the city during the NATO summit week, will host a half-day conference on child ma

May 21, 2012 - NULL

UNITED STATES 21 May 2012 Chicago hosts child malnutrition conference
Chicago, taking advantage of the world's eyes on the city during the NATO summit week, will host a half-day conference on child malnutrition. It is being organized by the 1,000 Days Summit, a public/private group created by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and others in 2010 to focus on the health of pregnant women and youngsters under 2 years old. The conference, hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will bring together leaders from the world's business, academic and non-profit communities. Some 40 world leaders will be

UNITED STATES 21 May 2012 Chicago hosts child malnutrition conference
Chicago, taking advantage of the world's eyes on the city during the NATO summit week, will host a half-day conference on child malnutrition. It is being organized by the 1,000 Days Summit, a public/private group created by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and others in 2010 to focus on the health of pregnant women and youngsters under 2 years old. The conference, hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will bring together leaders from the world's business, academic and non-profit communities. Some 40 world leaders will be in town for the NATO summit.

The organizers note that 1,000 days is a reference to a critical time in child development: the nine months of pregnancy and the first two years of life. It is during this 1,000 day window that a child's brain and body is most susceptible to the serious, often irreversible, damage caused by malnutrition. Every year, 3.5 million children die due to malnutrition, while millions more, including many in the United States, suffer the devastating effects of hunger and poor nutrition. Early in life, particularly during the 1,000 days between a woman's pregnancy and her child's second birthday, poor nutrition can lead to lower IQ, lower educational performance, obesity, chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and can trap children and their families in a cycle of poverty. Leading economists and scientists agree that improving early nutrition is one of the most powerful and cost-effective tools for long-term poverty alleviation and economic development.

The conference title is"1,000 Days to Change the Future: Making Malnutrition History." (WRITTEN APR 2012)

RELATED READING:
Child malnutrition summit hits Chicago around NATO time (Chicago Sun-Times 5 Apr 2012)
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/11724376-418/child-malnutrition-summit-hits-chicago-around-nato-time.html

Mayor Emanuel Announces International Summit to Address Child Malnutrition Hosted in Chicago (PR Wire 5 May 2012)
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/05/4393822/mayor-emanuel-announces-international.html

Date written/update: 2012-05-21