Please join us in an interactive workshop led by Dr. Cristen Harris to learn how to raise good eaters.

The Satter Division of Responsibility is an evidence-based model that helps parents build positive mealtime experiences, and joyful eating and feeding habits with their children.

The Satter model is based on the principle that children have a natural ability with eating. Children eat as much as they need, grow in the way that is right for them, and learn to eat the food their parents enjoy. The Satter model can help parents bring up children who feel good about their bodies, and who approach meals and snack time with enthusiasm and confidence. [1] In this workshop, Dr. Harris will lead us in understanding the Satter model and building our knowledge on how to approach meals and snacks with our children in a supportive, healthy way.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Satter Feeding Dynamics and Eating Competence models as primary tools in supporting children’s eating capabilities
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the parent/caregiver and child in the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding
  • Explain how the structure of meals and snacks supports children’s eating and can reduce child feeding problems
  • Identify how to preserve a positive feeding-eating relationship amidst typical child eating behaviors, e.g., “picky” eating.

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Dr. Cristen Harris is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Nutritional Sciences Program and Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington where she engages learners in a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses including nutrition in chronic disease, nutrition education, physical activity in health and disease, introductory and advanced nutrition, and maternal and pediatric nutrition. As an experienced educator, practitioner, and former program administrator, she brings three decades of skills to the classroom from various settings including clinical care, fitness and rehabilitation, community health, and private practice. She also serves as the principal investigator and faculty advisor on a Maternal and Child Health Bureau training grant at UW.

Dr. Harris is active in several professional organizations including the Ellyn Satter Institute, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Sports and Human Performance Nutrition dietetic practice group. She serves as a virtual volunteer faculty member at the Ellyn Satter Institute, whose mission is to “transform lives” by furthering the Satter models for positive and joyful eating and feeding. In this role, Dr. Harris offers presentations, webinars, workshops, consultation, and supervision to healthcare professionals who wish to incorporate the models into their practice. She also maintains a small but robust private practice, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, child feeding issues, and eating incompetence. Dr. Harris is passionate about facilitating paradigm shifts in how individuals, the public, professionals, and policymakers interpret challenges with eating, feeding, and moving.

In her “down” time, Dr. Harris loves hiking and sailing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, playing and listening to music, and spending time with her fun-loving, musically-talented and artistic family, including three children ages 11, 16, and 19; and an endlessly supportive partner.