The first 1,000 days of a person’s existence — from conception until their second birthday — are a critical period for growth and development which can set people on a path for a healthy life, according to Stephen Kodish, assistant professor of biobehavioral health and nutritional sciences at Penn State. Researchers in Kodish’s lab work to improve health and nutrition around the world by conducting research to inform both programs and policies in collaboration with United Nations partners, non-government organizations and national ministries of health.

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