“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” – Fran Lebowitz
Proper nutrition is one of the essentials for staying healthy. Food has been undergoing many transformations – the raw meat to the most healthy form of it being one of them. Our body requires tremendous energy to carry out the day today activities, and food is one of the primary sources of energy. Ensuring children eating healthy always is a task for all mothers and teachers for children go only by the taste of the food, not its nutritional value. Inculcating the importance of eating healthy in children would help them grow into strong individuals who understand the benefits of eating healthy. To encourage and persuade the geckos to eat healthy, The Gaudium organized a guest talk on nutrition for PP2.
The geckos of PP2 were quite excited when the nutritionist, Ms. Sushmita Singh asked a few questions about food. The importance of eating healthy for supplying our bodies with nutrients : carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that give us energy was explained to the geckos.
She also emphasized on the importance of different food groups like the protective food which helps us to fight illness, the energy giving food which provides the required energy and the body building food that helps build muscles. She discussed ‘My healthy plate’ – half of the plate should have fruits and vegetables, a quarter of it should have whole grains and the other quarter, the food rich in proteins – an idea that an individual requires to eat a wide variety of food every day in moderation, in the right balance, for staying healthy.
An activity conducted by Ms. Sushmita in which the geckos were given flashcards of different types of food. They were asked to sort them into groups. It was an extremely good activity to assess how much the geckos understood about the topic. They confidently sorted and placed them on a plate. She concluded the session by helping the geckos in preparing a healthy snack, using the brown bread, sliced tomatoes and cucumber. The geckos hung on the motivational words of the guest – drink a minimum of 6 glasses of water every day and include a variety of food in their diet.
The session was very informative and useful for the geckos as it gave an insight into healthy food choices for a balanced lifestyle.