PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - March 29, 2016) -  Over the past two decades, the rate of children born with chronic health conditions has doubled. One in four children in the U.S. is now born with a special health need.

In order to address this alarming trend, the non-profit think tank, the Forum, has initiated the Preconception to Infancy (P2i™) program. P2i™ is a wide-ranging, ambitious project that seeks to promote healthy pregnancies and reduce chronic childhood health problems that are on the rise across the globe.

The program involves testing laboratories, a virtual conference center and a vast data collection effort. A P2i™ "center of excellence" for preconception and prenatal care and research will be established in Atlanta, Ga. Through this research and data collection, the P2i™ program seeks to clarify the roles nutrition, genetics and toxic exposures have during pregnancy.

Kirkman ® a nutritional supplement company in Portland, Ore., has been named an official supplier of nutraceuticals for the P2i™ program. Kirkman's P2i Baby™ line was developed based on collaboration with members of the P2i™ medical faculty to offer prospective parents optimal nutritional care during the preconception and prenatal period. Avoiding environmental contaminants is central to the P2i™ program's protocol and Kirkman® is the only nutritional supplement company in the U.S. that conducts laboratory testing of its products for more than 950 environmental contaminants.

Kirkman's P2i Baby™ was formulated for use by both men and women during the preconception and prenatal periods. P2i Baby™ multi-vitamins offer a broad spectrum of nutrients, including generous amounts of zinc, calcium and the crucial nutrient folic acid and 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) an absorbable form of folic acid. These nutrients are important for nutritional balance and immune support as well as fertility. Other P2i Baby™ products offer more specialized nutritional support. The full line is available from Kirkman® on its website at www.kirkmangroup.com. It includes:

Contact Information:

Kulani Mahikoa
Vice President, Marketing
Kirkman Group, Inc.
Telephone: 503-694-1600