Building Resilient Brains: Nourishing the First 2000 Days and Beyond

The first 2000 days of life are a critical period in brain development. However, the process of building brain architecture does not end in childhood; some regions of the brain continue to develop into the 20’s. During this time, nutrition and health, learning opportunities, and protection from trauma can have a significant impact on brain growth and development. Based on the well-supported evidence, it is clear that children require not one, but all three together in order to optimize their chance at a healthy and enriching life. For students with adverse childhood experiences, positive experiences and support from adults can lead to increased resiliency later on in life. This workshop highlights brain development and resiliency as a common, and essential thread that runs through the health and well-being of school-aged children. We aim to take a life-course approach to identify the benefits of intervening throughout all stages of life.


This workshop will cover:

·       The three essential pillars for resiliency (nutrition and health, learning opportunities and protection from trauma)

·       The impact of having a strong and resilient brain in allowing a person to learn new things, have positive relationships, and participate in their community

·       Demonstrate how early experiences can impact the brain’s strength and resiliency through an interactive Brain Building Activity.

·       Opportunities to share and discuss ways you can support your students.


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10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

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    Katty English

    Katty English is a Public Health Dietitian working in the South Island. She is passionate about working alongside comminutes and schools to promote well-being and address barriers to health for all. In her time away from work, she enjoys brisk ocean dips. Katty is grateful to live and work on unceded Coast Salish territory.

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    Janet Krenz

    Janet is a Public Health Dietitian and Healthy School Lead with Island Health. She lives in Cowichan and is passionate growing and enjoying local food. Her hope is that children, youth and adults feel positive about themselves and embrace diversity. Janet and is grateful for this opportunity to connect with educators and support your practice.