Nutrition Gets Short Shrift in Battle Against Chronic Disease (3) Webinar: Social Behavior Change to Improve Maternal Nutrition, September 14, 2022

9 September, 2022

[Forwarded from the CORE Group on Social and Behavior Change. Read online: ]


Maternal nutrition can be improved through multiple pathways, all of which require the application of quality social and behavior change (SBC) techniques to enhance the usefulness of antenatal and postnatal maternal counseling on consuming a healthy diet; improve family and community dialogue and decision-making around food and nutrition; create greater demand for healthy diets for women and their families, including adolescents; increase women’s access to resources; expand gender equality and ensure empowerment of women and adolescent girls; and build women’s leadership in local food, health, and agriculture systems.

Join this upcoming webinar, a collaboration between USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership and USAID Advancing Nutrition, to learn about and discuss new USAID resources on SBC and maternal diets. Presenters will share new resources with implementers and foster discussions on how they can be used to improve maternal nutrition.


Laura Itzkowitz, Nutrition Social and Behavior Change Advisor, USAID Bureau for Global Health

Habtamu Fedaku, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership, Save the Children

Marcia Griffiths, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership, The Manoff Group

Katherine Dickin, USAID Advancing Nutrition, Cornell University

Mariam Diakite, USAID Advancing Nutrition, University of California San Diego

September 14, 2022

8:30 – 10:00 AM EDT (GMT-4)



COMMENT (NPW): Junk food manufacturers aim to persuade people to buy their products; SBC practitioners aim to persuade people to eat more healthily; HIFA aims to empower people with the information they need to make informed decisions. That said, there is clearly an important role for health policies that encourage healthy behaviour. For example, WHO urges governments to promote healthy food in public facilities:

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Global Coordinator HIFA,

Working in official relations with WHO