MCM NSS holds healthy diet Session for Government school Badheri students

Chandigarh: As part of the Poshan Abhiyan programme of Government of India, the NSS units of Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women, Chandigarh organised an awareness session on ‘Importance of Healthy Diet and Lifestyle’ in collaboration with Fortis Hospital, Mohali, at Government Model High School, Village Badheri, Chandigarh.
Aim of the session was to disseminate knowledge about the role of nutrients, healthy dietary habits and importance of healthy lifestyle especially among school going students. The resource person was Dietician Sonia Gandhi, Head, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Fortis Hospital, Mohali. Headmistress of the school Mrs. Sanjogita, along with the teachers and students, attended the session with great fervour.
During the session, Dietician Sonia Gandhi discussed the factors pertaining to teenagers such as peer pressure, emotional habits, self-independence, physical appearance, etc., that affect the overall health of the children and said that as a result of inadequate and imbalance in the intake of required nutrients, teenagers face health issues including obesity related problems, anaemia, weak bones, oral cavities, fatigue, dehydration, poor immunity, diabetes and hormonal related as well as psychological related eating disorders.
During the session dietician also highlighted the role of parents and teachers in sensitising students about the role of nutrition in their overall health and well being.
The students were also acquainted with the importance and relevance of good hygiene practices that should be adopted during food handling operations as they are considered to be the foundation for ensuring food safety.
Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava expressed appreciation for the efforts of NSS units of the college aimed at creating awareness about the importance of good nutrition and to disseminate knowledge about the relevance of nutrients required to meet the demands of physical and cognitive growth and development of children.

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