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Raising a Healthy Child


Thursday, Feb. 11
7-9 p.m.
James West Alumni Center

If you’re a parent or family member, your child’s development in mind, body and spirit is your number one priority. From videos to toys to what foods to buy, an entire industry exists to persuade consumers “what’s good” for children, when it comes to nutrition, mental health and overall child wellness. It’s no wonder there is a lot of confusion and mixed messages.

This program focuses on the nutritional and emotional needs of children 10 and under. Two alumnae experts – one a registered dietitian, and the other, a doctor who founded a child wellness program – will lead a discussion on the positive choices you can make to help the child in your life grow up mentally and physically healthy. Whether you’re a parent, family member, educator or just someone who cares about children, this program is sure to give you some insights on how to raise a healthy child.

Admission is free. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited.

You are invited to submit your questions prior to the event, which the speakers will attempt to address during the presentation. Email youngalumniprograms@support.ucla.edu.

SPEAKERS

Lauren Maddahi ’10
Lauren Maddahi is a registered dietitian, nutritionist practicing in Los Angeles, Calif. She received her bachelor of arts in European studies from UCLA in 2010 and her masters of science in nutrition education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014.

Maddahi’s interests range from maternal and child wellness, weight management and eating disorders to culinary nutrition and food service. She received a certificate in culinary arts from The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts in 2010. She currently works at UCLA in the Center for Obesity and Metabolic Health as a clinical bariatric dietitian, aiding those pursuing weight-reduction surgery.

She began her private practice Nutrition a la Carte in 2014 to cater to the needs of various demographics in Los Angeles with cooking classes, community talks and one-on-one nutritional counseling. She takes inspiration from her own past of battling with weight and body image to empathize with her clients and motivate children and adults alike to have a positive relationship with eating nourishing foods.

Amanda Maddahi ’08
Amanda Maddahi, M.D. is a children’s wellness advocate who has created a system to help kids live their healthiest lives, dream their boldest dreams and ultimately reach their full potential.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she studied at UCLA on scholarship and attained a degree in psychobiology (pre-med) in 2008. She graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in 2015.
Dr. Maddahi sought to inspire kids around the world, so she founded Kid Possible™ – a health, education and leadership program. When she was a kid, she was mesmerized by shows like “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and “The Magic School Bus” and always wanted to do that type of work. After teaching, tutoring and going to school for years, she now has the background to follow her dreams. She firmly believes that kids need the right role models who inspire creativity, curiosity, courage, charity and change; especially during their elementary school years.