Abstract:In this talk, Dr. Dalal will talk about the repercussions of poor dietarychoices in the first 1000 days on the future health of the child. She willtouch base upon the role nutrition plays, right from conception to newlyborn to adolescent to adult, in preventing not only acute infection but inprevention and reversal of chronic diseases. She will further give anoverview of the latest scientific research on various aspects ofnutrition.Bio-sketch of the speaker:Dr. Rupal is born and brought up in Mumbai. After finishing MBBS fromTopiwala National Medical College & Nair Hospital in Mumbai, she went toChicago to pursue post-graduation in Pediatrics. From 1994 to 2005, shelived and worked in the US as a pediatrician. In 2006, she decided to moveback to India and decided to work for underprivileged children in theslums of Mumbai. She observed that there was a widespread lack ofawareness on simple techniques of breastfeeding as well as oncomplementary foods, not only in mothers and health care workers but alsoamong practicing doctors, gynecologists, pediatricians, nurses andnutritionists. She decided to dedicate her full time to an NGO, TheFoundation of Mother and Child Health. Here she started preventivepediatrics clinics that focus on 1st 1000 days of a child's life, startingfrom conception to 2 years of age. In 2012, she joined Shrimati MalatiDahanukar Trust (SMDT) as a director of Health to spearhead their maternaland child health program in Srirampur, Maharashtra. With the help of theSMDT team, her goal is to train as many healthcare.