Fresh Start Program


The Fresh Start program provided by Pediatric Associates of the Northwest supports young families with the tools needed to achieve optimal nutrition, growth and development during pregnancy and early childhood.

Dr. Casares and Connie Evers, our dietitian, have put together a nutrition program for our patients and the community. The prenatal program is open to the community and covers the basics of eating well before and during pregnancy and also focuses on the benefits of lactation for both mother and child.  Classes available to PANW families focus on infant and toddler nutrition; the importance of establishing a healthy feeding relationship; and the importance of creating a healthy family food environment as children grow and develop.

Prenatal nutrition consultations are complimentary and open to the community while our family nutrition classes are available only to patients who have established care at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest.  Registration is required. Please call 503-227-0671 for details and registration.

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Prenatal Nutrition- by appointment only

Pregnancy Nutrition: The Basics of Eating Well 

Learn how to choose the best diet to support your growing baby, manage morning sickness, and avoid potentially harmful foods.

Pregnancy Nutrition: Concerns & Challenges    

Keep your weight on track and incorporate safe physical activity throughout your pregnancy. Learn how to conquer cravings and deal with common digestive discomforts.

Breastfeeding Basics    

Discover why breastfeeding is the optimal infant feeding choice, and how it benefits both mom and baby. Safe weight loss while breastfeeding is also covered in this session.

Family Nutrition

Our family nutrition series is open to families who have established care with a primary care provider from Pediatric Associates of the Northwest. 

Starting out Right with Baby (Ages 4 - 9 months) 

This session covers the basics of infant growth and development and offers guidelines for feeding baby during the first year of life. Self-care for busy parents is also a focus of this class.

Portland - 7:00pm-8:30pm

April 28th (online only), May 26th, June 23rd, July 28th

Tigard -  6:30pm-8:00pm

April 22nd (online only), May 27th, June 24th, July 22nd 

Growing Up: Feeding Development and Behavior (Ages 1 to 3)  

Portland -  7:00pm-8:30pm

April 27th (online only), May (no class, Memorial Day), June 22nd, July 27th 

As your baby turns into a toddler, eating habits may become unpredictable. Learn how to best nourish your toddler and develop a healthy feeding relationship.

Healthy Family Food Habits (Ages 3 and up)

Our registered dietitian is available to teach Healthy Family Food Habits to school and community-based groups. If interested, please call to check Connie’s availability for your meeting or event.