Nowadays, more and more people are suffering from many serious health problems such as heart attack, obesity, anorexia and so on. All these occurred due to the imbalance diet. Good eating habits are the key in maintaining and improving one’s health regardless of ages, gender, occupation, or location. Of course, staying active plays an important role in our life, but eating the wrong kind or quantity of food could jeopardize our health. Therefore, having good eating habits are far more important than just staying active to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The best eating habits that you can develop are the ones that allow you to enjoy what you eat, and at the same time provide you with a balanced diet and good variety of wholesome food.
So in order to tackle this menacing problem we decided that the sooner the children are told about good eating habits the deeper they will get embedded in their psyche and become a part of their everyday life.
We introduced the topic to the students through presentations and video clips so as to generate interest, arouse curiosity in them and initiate inculcation of good eating habits.
Video/ PPT on Benefits of eating fruits & vegetables
were shown to the children which was followed by an explanation & discussion about the nutrients present in the fruits & vegetables and the diseases from which they protect us. Students were very excited to see the fruits & vegetables speaking about themselves. Students had numerous questions to ask and also told about their own tastes and preferences.
The students learnt to classify food items into different food groups from the video NUTRITION ( FOOD PYRAMID)
, They enjoyed the PICK – DRAG - DROP
game and learned the importance of eating different food items during the 3 meals of the day ( Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner)
From the video on HEALTHY DIET
they learned about the essential substances present in the food. At the end of the activity they were able to group them into carbohydrates , proteins, minerals , vitamins , fats and dairy products.
PPT / Video on HEALTHY & JUNK FOOD
helped them in identifying & differentiating between healthy and junk food. An Interactive session was held with the students & discussions done related to their own food habits.
From the video GERMS SMART – WASH YOUR HAND!
Students learned about personal hygiene & environmental cleanliness. They enjoyed and sung the song “WASH WASH WASH YOUR HANDS
". The students learned about MICROBES ( Virus , bacteria, ) and the diseases they spread from the GERMS MOVIE
. They also learnt about preventive measures one should take to protect oneself . They understood the importance of personal hygiene and started using sanitizer and handkerchief ( while sneezing and coughing). This was followed by the video on SMART KIDS FIGHT BACK!
which taught the students how to fight back the germs by taking preventive measures. ( CLEAN , SEPARATE, COOK , CHILL )
During these video sessions, we exchanged information with the students, helping them understand how important it is to eat right and encouraging them to imbibe healthy eating habits.
These sessions are proving very helpful for the children in making them aware about relationship between right food and health. During lunch time it is a treat to see the children discussing about the health component of each other’s food. They have also been discussing about what they learn with their parents and asking their mothers to serve healthy meals at home. It was observed that the more children learn about food and nutrition, the more likely they are to eat fruits, vegetables, and other healthful foods.