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What They’re Saying

“It’s tempting to think of malnutrition as a problem somewhere far away. Yet a report by the nonprofit group 1,000 Days shows that too many U.S. children get lousy starts.” 

– The Des Moines Register

“…We’re going to keep focusing on nutrition, especially for young children, because we know the effects of poor nutrition can last a lifetime—it’s harder to learn, it’s harder to earn a living. When there is good nutrition, especially in those one thousand days during pregnancy up to the child’s birthday, it means healthier lives for that child and that mother. And it’s the smart thing to do because better nutrition means lower health care costs and it means less need for assistance later on.”

– U.S. President Barack Obama, May 2012

“The midwife’s message—that in the first 1,000 days parents’ ambitions for their children begin to be fulfilled, or dashed—has become one of the biggest new ideas in international development, as economists, academics, doctors, politicians, and aid workers discover the profound ways in which proper nutrition in the earliest years of life can influence an individual’s ability to grow, learn, and work—and determine the long-term health and prosperity of families, nations, and the world as a whole.”

– The Atlantic

“We need to change the way we all look at nutrition, childhood obesity and what causes a lack of good health — from the earliest days. That will help us prevent the worst diseases and health outcomes for the newest generation.”

– The Washington Post

“Investments in maternal and child nutrition build the foundation for the next generation to survive and thrive, and serve as a shining example of U.S. global leadership at its best.”

The Hill

“Malnutrition has an unparalleled, devastating impact on individuals, communities and nations. Unless we address this critical problem, we will continue to see children die unnecessarily and we will continue to watch nations struggling with poverty be forced to absorb the loss of billions of dollars in productivity, the stunting of its citizens, and the negative impacts to the country’s competitiveness and economic growth.”

The Hill

“And we are acting on scientific information. In particular, we are focusing on the 1,000-day window of opportunity between pregnancy and two years of age. Why is that? Because we now know conclusively from brain research that is the time when a child’s cognitive, intellectual, and physical development is at most risk. We know that academic ability in school is now directly related to how well-nourished a child was before and after birth. We even know that a child’s earning potential as an adult is still connected to how well-nourished that little baby was. A healthy 1,000 days changes the course of a child’s life, and I would argue it also significantly benefits communities and even countries, because healthy children who get off to a good start will be more productive members of the workforce.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, June 2011

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