The problem of poor nutrition is pervasive worldwide, including in the United States.

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life—from pregnancy to age 2—offer a unique window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures. During this time, how well or poorly a child is nourished has a profound impact on her ability to grow, learn and thrive. Unfortunately,
too many American women and young children suffer from obesity, food insecurity, unhealthy diets, and low rates of breastfeeding. This can have long-term consequences not only for a child but also for her family, her community, and society as a whole.

In order to illuminate the challenge of malnutrition in the United States and galvanize a movement to ensure that every child has a healthy start to life, 1,000 Days – with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation – launched a first-of-its-kind report on the nutritional health of America’s mothers, babies and toddlers. Download the report to learn more.

Nourishing America’s Future


“If we want to shape the future, to truly improve the world, we have 1,000 days to do it, mother by mother, child by child, for what happens in those 1,000 days through pregnancy to the second birthday determines, to a large extent, the course of a child’s life, his or her ability to grow, learn, work, succeed and by extension, the long term health, stability and prosperity of the society in which that child lives.”

Roger Thurow, author of The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – and the World.

Why Nutrition Matters

The science is clear. Every child needs a set of 10 essential “building blocks” in the first 1,000 days to have the strongest start to life.

The 10 Building Blocks of Nutrition

The U.S. Picture

The problem of poor nutrition has dire consequences for America’s women, infants and toddlers. The statistics paint a troubling picture.

A Snapshot of the First 1,000 Days in America

 An Agenda for Change

Today’s babies and toddlers offer a glimpse of what our nation’s future holds. We all have a role to play in nourishing our nation’s children.

10 Wins for the Next 1,000 Days

Know the Facts



of babies in the U.S. are never breastfed



of mothers receive no paid time off to care for their newborn child



of children under the age of six live in food insecure households

Join us to ensure every child in America has a healthy first 1,000 days.