“Jill just gets it. She knows the research and she lives nutrition everyday as a mom.”
Jill Castle is one of the nation’s premier childhood nutrition experts. Known as a paradigm shifter who blends current research, practical application and common sense, Jill makes audiences think differently about feeding kids. Whether it’s babies or teens, or any age in between, Jill takes a unique, “whole-child” approach to showcase food, feeding and childhood development as the secret ingredients to raising a healthy child. As a mom and a practicing childhood nutritionist, Jill is uniquely qualified to speak to the science of childhood nutrition and its practical adaptation to feeding children. A sought-after speaker and media contributor, Jill has inspired audiences including TEDx, American Academy of Pediatrics, WIC, university groups, and a range of other nutrition, medical, government and parent audiences. Jill’s TEDx talk, The Nutrition Prescription for Healthier Kids, can be viewed below.
Off the stage, Jill is the author and co-author of Eat Like a Champion and Fearless Feeding, respectively. She pens The Nourished Child blog, interviews experts on her podcast of the same name, and regularly contributes to US News & World Report’s For Parents blog, USA Swimming and Bundoo. She is frequently called upon by the media as a leading childhood nutrition expert and has appeared in The New York Times, WebMD, Fast Company, USA Today, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC-CT, Parents, and Parenting Magazine.
The Nutrition Prescription for Healthier Kids [Keynote]
Despite efforts to improve the health of our nation’s children, child health problems are growing at staggering rates. Costly efforts to improve the food landscape, educate children and develop effective programs have been made to reverse this reality with little change in the outcome. The real problem? Parents don’t know how to effectively nourish and nurture the health of their children.
In her signature keynote, Jill shares a powerful story (and revelation) of nourishing her own child. She details the landscape of child health problems and challenges the usual suspect—food– as the cause and solution. She then explores the three main areas of nutrition education that are missing for parents: food, feeding and childhood development education. Jill believes transforming our children’s health for the better will take a radically different approach: targeting parents with the nutrition education they need, early and often. Audiences learn it will take a systematic, institution-based nutrition education program for parents across childhood, including the trifecta of childhood nutrition. Audiences will walk away with a new and innovative solution for improving the health of our nation’s children, concrete applications, and the inspiration to take action today.
Nourished: A New Model for Raising Healthy Kids [Workshop]
More families fear food and look to popular diets and trendy foods as a guaranteed solution for raising a healthy child. But, what if we’ve been focusing too much on food and not enough on nourishing the whole child, inside and out?
In this workshop, attendees will learn the changing nutritional needs of childhood, understand the power of feeding as an influencer of eating habits and the developing relationship with food, and the importance of child development in educating kids and building autonomy.
Blending food, nutrition and food parenting with a sprinkle of what to expect during the different stages of childhood, participants will be challenged to think differently, use reflection, individual exercises, and group work to elicit creative strategies and solutions that help families nourish and raise healthy children from infancy through adolescence.
In addition to her thought-provoking keynote and workshop training, Jill can adapt the following presentations into interactive workshops and panel discussions for the healthcare community, and for school and parent audiences.
A Thoroughly Modern Approach to Childhood Nutrition in the 21st Century
Moving away from the archaic idea of food as the solution to health challenges in children, Jill presents the trifecta of childhood nutrition: food, feeding, and childhood development as the modern approach to nourishing a healthy child.
Feeding Styles and Practices: What is the Influence on Children’s Eating?
Children are not only influenced by what they eat, but by how they are fed. Jill presents feeding styles and practices, such as bribing with dessert and restricting food access, and the impact on the developing relationship with food, eating habits and weight status in children.
Introducing Solids to Baby: The Pros and Cons of Modern Feeding
Jill presents the current principles of solid food introduction to babies, highlighting popular feeding approaches, including baby-led weaning, and the potential effects on children’s eating and nutritional status.
Feeding Baby & Toddler: Using a Nutrient-Adequacy Approach
Jill explores the most important nutrients in the first two years of life, along with proven feeding approaches, like responsive feeding, to ensure optimal nutritional status and self-regulated eating in young children.
Healthy Strategies for Helping Kids Eat Well
Everyone needs a few tricks up their sleeve to help children eat well. Jill showcases proven strategies, such as getting them in the kitchen to cook, balancing all food, and closing the kitchen to help moderate snacking.
Young Athletes: What’s In, What’s Out, & What’s Essential
Jill helps attendees understand the nutritional needs of the young athlete, aged 8 to 18 years, by clearing the confusion about protein, carbohydrates, supplements, sideline snacks and the food environment. Book tie in: Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete.
The Extreme Picky Eater: Evidence-Based Approaches for Nutrition Care in the Office Setting
Children with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) may experience nutritional, developmental and social challenges. Early recognition and nutrition intervention may improve health, eating, behavior, and social-emotional outcomes. Attendees will learn what it takes to integrate nutrition and feeding therapy in the office setting.
ADHD: Weighing the Evidence and Promise of a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is a powerful adjunct to the treatment of ADHD in children, particularly on focus and attention, behavior, and overall nutritional status. Jill presents the current evidence for nutrient adequacy, food sensitivity and behavior, and special diets for ADHD.
What People Are Saying…
“I learned more about feeding my daughter during Jill’s talk than I have in the well over a decade that I have spent reading books and blogs and even listening to my daughter’s pediatrician. Jill has a clear and direct speaking style that pretty much turns everything you have heard about childhood nutrition on it’s head, without in any way shaming those of us who sneak in those chicken nuggets and fries. I walked away from that talk committed to making clear changes in how I feed my daughter, and my family. I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to benefit from the vast knowledge that Jill is able to share.”
— Courtney Spencer, Transformational Life and Business Coach, Speaker, Attorney
“By having Jill as speaker at Nevada’s Annual WIC Conference we were able to look at childhood obesity from a different perspective. Jill brought feeding styles to light, she unveiled the true power that feeding styles can have on childhood obesity and that it is really not just about food choices and physical activity. We left feeling like we had new topics of discussion to bring up with parents when we talk to them about their child’s weight. Thank you Jill for your meaningful insights.”
— Kay Klumpyan, MPH, RD Nutrition Coordinator State of Nevada WIC Program
“What an incredible experience! Jill’s presentation was not only extraordinarily thorough, but tremendously well researched. Her approach to nutrition for young athletes made real connections that the athletes were able to employ right out of the talk. Parent and athlete feedback has been VERY positive…and everyone sends their thanks!”
— Mike McCauley, Head Coach, Premier Aquatics Club of Keene, TX
“Jill Castle is a very dynamic, highly informative speaker. She engages her audience and presents information that is highly relevant and can be immediately implemented. Her positive approach and real-life practicality appeal broadly to attendees. Jill’s presence on the faculty of any conference will ensure its success.”
— Diana West, BA, IBCLC International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
“Thank you Jill for a wonderful presentation this morning! Your approach is informative, pragmatic, positive and affirming, and your passion for child nutrition is clear and inspiring. I think I speak for all present today that our families are better off for having spent some time thinking about our jobs as feeders of children, and gaining guidance on how to do that job better.”
— Caitlin W., New Canaan Country School, New Canaan CT
“Participant evaluations emphasized your warmth, professionalism, vast knowledge base, as well as, your down-to-earth style.”
— Meg Domino, Director, New Canaan Cares
“I had the opportunity to see you speak at the Let’s Talk Dairy in St. Louis yesterday and I wanted to let you know you were phenomenal.”
— Afton D., St. Louis District Dairy Council Let’s Talk Dairy conference
“Jill’s content was absolutely fabulous for healthcare workers and families! … I loved the new way of presenting feeding from baby to teen… Jill was amazing and I wanted her to speak longer..”
— Attendee’s evaluation comments from Taking the Fear out of Feeding Kids at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN
To book Jill for your next event or workshop, contact her here.