Professional Training Program

Nourish and Nurture: Understanding the Role of Food and Feeding in Healthy Development

October 25, 2017

This webinar presented by noted clinical nutritionist, Deb Phillips, MS, LDN is the first in a series of Mind, Mood & Food webinars presented by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and hosted by leading nutrition author, speaker and integrative nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN.This webinar was presented on October 25, 2017.

About the Webinar

Nourishment and nurture are inseparable for the newborn infant. As the infant develops, there are both needs that continue to have to be met, but the ways in which they are met start to differ. What an infant is fed as well as how an infant is fed influence brain dynamics and the development of a healthy individual and their relationship with food. An infant’s genetics influence this process and are influenced by this process. This webinar will provide readily usable recommendations for supporting healthy infant and child development.

Learning Objectives

The attendee will be able to…

  1. Describe the relationship between infant feeding and infant physical and emotional development
  2. Describe how parental and infant temperament influence feeding
  3. Identify foods and feeding activities that enhance or detract from healthy brain development
  4. Use 2 tools to support parents and care providers in helping children develop a healthy relationship to food so they are able to continue to nourish their brains and bodies as they grow.

CEUs are pending for registered dietitians.

About the Presenter, Deb Phillips, MS, LDN

Deb Phillips is a licensed nutritionist in private practice in Great Barrington, MA. Her strength is her ability to work with individuals with a wide variety of needs to create a workable lifestyle plan to improve their well-being.

Deb has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree from Russell Sage College. She has worked at the Children’s Health Programs, Community Health Center of the Berkshires and with Early Intervention programs providing nutrition counseling to individuals and families. She has lead group programs at many venues in the Berkshires and throughout the state. Deb currently works part-time providing nutrition care for patients at Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in addition to her private practice.

She considers herself a science-based nutritional detective with a passion for changing the world. This comes together in her approach to nutrition and well-being, including the dynamic relationship people have with their environment and their food and expands to the political where she addresses food policies that make it more difficult for people to be nourished by the food they eat. Deb serves on a number of boards in her community to connect individuals to their environmental stewardship.

About the Host, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ  is the co-founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy,, a comprehensive, online, educational program for dietitians interested in functional medicine.

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty and director Kathie Madonna SwiftShe received her Master of Science  in Nutrition from Arizona State University and has held diverse positions throughout her career. Kathie pioneered innovative nutrition programs at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center and continues to consult at all three organizations today.

Notable in her dietetic career, Kathie has served as the Education Director for the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s highly acclaimed “Food As Medicine” professional training program for almost two decades. She is a contributing author for medical textbooks including  Integrative Gastroenterology  and  Integrative Women’s Health published by Oxford University Press and the clinical nutrition textbook  Krause’s Food & Nutrition Care Process.  She  serves on the Advisory Board for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal and the Integrative Healthcare Symposium. Kathie is a scientific reviewer for  Military Medicine  and was a founding member of the Nutrition Advisory Board for the Institute for Functional Medicine.

For her many years of service and dedication to advancing the field of integrative and functional medicine, Kathie received the first Visionary Leadership Award and more recently, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group.

Kathie is the co-author of  The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Health with Dr. Gerard Mullin. Her most recent book,  The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat, with co-author Joseph Hooper features the latest science on the microbiome. Connect with Kathie at