Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days: DHA

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Professor of Nutrition, Susan E. Carlson, PhD, emphasizes the importance of  providing the essential fatty acids, DHA and ARA for brain development and cognition. Sufficient dietary consumption of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids is vital throughout the first 1,000 days, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Prenatal and postnatal DHA affects cortical visual acuity, sustained attention, problem solving ability, as well as brain structure and function. Dr. Carlson reviews the dietary recommended DHA intake for mothers and infants, and outlines a balanced diet after infancy, with foods that contain DHA.

The overarching goal of this curriculum is to improve the clinician’s ability to guide mothers and children toward nutrition that supports optimal growth and development during the first 1,000 days.


Course Credit:

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour


Opens: 2020-12-23
Closes: 2022-12-23

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for pediatric physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and other healthcare providers who have an interest in newborns, infants and toddlers.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Susan E. Carlson, PhD

    AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition
    Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
    University of Kansas Medical Center
    Associate Dean for Research
    KU School of Health Professions
    Kansas City, Kansas

Learning Objectives

  • Associate DHA in the first 1,000 days with long-term cognitive outcomes
  • Provide proper DHA dietary recommendations to mothers and infants in the first 1,000 days

Faculty Disclosures

Susan E. Carlson, PhD

  • Speakers Bureau
    • Mead Johnson Nutrition
    • Pharmavite

Accreditation and Certification

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 1.00 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13664, for 1.00 contact hour.
To receive credit for education contact hours outside of the state of California, please check with your state board of registered nursing for reciprocity.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.00 hour continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material.
Provider Number AC857; Activity Number 160178.
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Additional Content Planners

Erin Allen, MS, RD, LDN (Dietitian Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Victoria Anderson (Medical Writer)
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    • Abbott 
    • AbbVie

Coy Flowers, MD (Peer Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Heather M. Jimenez, FNP-C (Nurse Planner)
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Annenberg Center for Health Sciences

All staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.