Nutrition for children

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1 Nutrition for Children Improving the School Nutrition Environment ? ? ? ?

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Schools Can Make a Difference Nutrition – Mid Day Meal Program Physical activity are important to students

Nutritional Components : 

Nutritional Components Carbohydrate Fats Protein Minerals Water

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Alarming Trends • Diets are falling short of the mark • Desirable physical activity levels are not being met • Obesity rates are skyrocketing • Adult diseases are showing up in

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Adverse CVD Risk Factor Levels in Children Percent of children, aged 5-10, with 1 or more adverse CVD risk factor levels: 27.1 Percent of overweight children, aged 5-10, with 1 or more adverse CVD risk factor levels: 60.6

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What is a Healthy School Nutrition Environment?

Nutritional Pyramid : 

Nutritional Pyramid

Food Guide : 

Food Guide The best nutrition advise to keep your child healthy includes encouraging her to: Eat a variety of foods Balance the food you eat with physical activity Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol Choose a diet moderate in sugars and salt Choose a diet that provides enough calcium and iron to meet their growing body's requirements.

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Components of a Healthy School Nutrition Environment • A Commitment to Nutrition and Physical Activity • Quality School Meals • Other Healthy Food Options • Pleasant Eating Experiences • Nutrition Education • Marketing

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A Commitment to Nutrition and Physical Activity • Nutrition and physical activity are part of each school day • Policies are in place and enforced • School foodservice is on the team • School health councils give support

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Quality School Meals • School meal programs are available • Healthy, appealing choices are available • Food safety is a priority • Menus meet nutrition standards

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Other Healthy Food Options • All foods and beverages available at school make a positive contribution to healthy choices • Parents make healthy options available • Food is not used for fund-raising

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Other Healthy Food Options • Food is not used as a reward or punishment • Access to vending machines is limited

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Pleasant Eating Experiences Meals scheduled at appropriate times Students have time to eat and socialize Adequate serving and seating areas

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Pleasant Eating Experiences • Dining room décor is attractive • Creative methods are used to keep noise levels appropriate • Drinking fountains are available • Handwashing equipment and supplies are available 15

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Nutrition Education • Focuses on skill development • Integrated into core curriculum • Dining room and classroom are linked • School is a Team Nutrition School

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Marketing Healthy eating and physical activity are actively promoted Students receive positive, motivating messages Schools promote healthy food choices


WHO’s ROLE Global school health initiative WHO's Global School Health Initiative, launched in 1995, seeks to mobilise and strengthen health promotion and education activities at the local, national, regional and global levels. The Initiative is designed to improve the health of students, school personnel, families and other members of the community through schools.

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The goal of WHO's Global School Health Initiative is to increase the number of schools that can truly be called "Health-Promoting Schools".

School health promotion : 

School health promotion An effective school health programme can be one of the most cost effective investments a nation can make to simultaneously improve education and health. WHO promotes school health programmes as a strategic means to prevent important health risks among youth and to engage the education sector in efforts to change the educational, social, economic and political conditions that affect risk.

School Health ProgramsAwareness : 

School Health ProgramsAwareness tobacco use behaviour that results in injury and violence alcohol and substance use dietary and hygienic practices that cause disease sedentary lifestyle sexual behaviour that causes unintended pregnancy and disease

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It’s Time to Act! Changes need to be made Make a commitment now

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