As Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Month comes to a close this May, it is essential to reflect on the accomplishments achieved during this significant month. This May we have aimed to raise awareness, promote understanding, and provide support for children and families affected by pediatric feeding disorder. In this blog post, we’ll highlight some of the notable accomplishments and milestones reached during this impactful awareness month.
1. Increased Public Awareness: Through a collaborative effort of healthcare professionals, organizations, and fundraising champions, this awareness month has succeeded in bringing attention to pediatric feeding disorder. Social media posts, new webinars, collaborations, and community events have helped spread the word, reaching a wider audience and generating conversations about this often-silent condition.
- Governor Katie Hobbs (Arizona) presented the Arizona PFD awareness month proclamation to Feeding Matters.
- Governor Jim Pillen (Nebraska) presented the Nebraska PFD awareness month proclamation to providers from Munroe-Meyer Institute.
- 16 states have proclaimed that May is PFD Awareness Month! Click here to see all of them. This is a record for us!
- Our Instagram account has reached 136,000 accounts and has had a 98% increase in engaged accounts
- We have hit 11.1K followers on Instagram
- We have already raised $11,000 through Call it PFD: Feed the Cause and have 30 fundraising champions.
- PFD presentations were made to individuals in Ohio, New Jersey, Southern California, and Arizona.
- We hosted an exhibitor booth at the National Head Start Association conference where over 4000 people attended.
2. Educations and Resources: One of the key accomplishments of Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Month is the development and dissemination of educational materials and resources. We have collaborated with various organizations and healthcare professionals to create webinars, podcasts, and downloadable resources, ensuring that accurate and helpful information is readily available for our community.
- The International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference continues to be offered on demand and has over 1,000 attendees.
- Jaclyn Pederson and The Family Nutritionist did an Instagram live to talk about picky eating and when it may be something more.
- Jaclyn Pederson and The Allergy Chef did an Instagram live.
- Our team had a live conversation with leaders from our PFD Alliance on Facebook Live to talk about conference takeaways and future initiatives.
- FUSS: Formula Use Should be Simple webinar sponsored by Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition went live on our Learning Center for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
- Feeding Matters was a guest on First Bite podcast.
3. Support Networks: Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Month has fostered the growth of support networks for families dealing with PFD. Our Power of Two program has grown and we have been able to support more families to provide a safe space for sharing experiences, seeking advice, and finding emotional support.
Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Month has achieved significant milestones in raising awareness, providing education and resources, establishing support networks, and fostering collaboration. However, the work doesn’t end with this month. Let’s continue to build on these accomplishments, promote understanding, and strive for better outcomes for children and families affected by pediatric feeding disorder throughout the year.