Melissa Kay
Research Scholar

Current Research Interests

I am a nutrition interventionist, public health epidemiologist and registered dietitian with interest in reducing disparities in early life obesity risk using digital technologies. The overarching goal of my work is to support healthy dietary and infant feeding behaviors during the first 1,000 days - conception through 2 years of life. My research specifically focuses on the mother-infant dyad and includes understanding the association between infant feeding practices and obesity and testing behavioral intervention methods to promote optimal weight gain and high-quality diets. A variety of food and nutrients are required for optimal growth and development and for the prevention and management of chronic disease. Diet quality, defined by dietary patterns, has a greater effect on health outcomes compared with individual dietary components or nutrients. I use various tools for assessing diet quality, such as the Healthy Eating Index and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary pattern, to provide guidance on foods to consume in adequate amounts and foods to limit or decrease.

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