STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: To promote ‘Healthy Living and Personal Hygiene’, a guest lecture on healthy food habits and lifestyle was organised in Delhi Public School (DPS) Nagbani, here on Wednesday. Dr. Mitali Gupta was the resource person who said that a child’s mental and physical development is closely tied to good nutrition and healthy eating habits. She stressed that healthy habits also put an impact on children’s behaviour and social growth. She told the teachers that as educators, they may use numerous teaching strategies to engage students but if the child’s diet has not met his other basic nutritional needs then their efforts will prove ineffective. It is important for a child to consume a well- balanced diet and participate in regular physical activities to achieve success in life. She added that developing positive eating habits during childhood contributes to gaining health and self esteem, decreases the risk of immediate and long- term health problems. She said that health programmes like this one can help children attain full educational potential by attracting them to eat vegetables and salads at an early age. Nutritious eating should be part of their diet as they continue into their teen and adult years. They should be given knowledge of where their food comes from and how it is grown. They should be encouraged to grow some of the food at their own homes. The children need to understand what they are eating and how healthy it is to keep them physically fit. She said that what matters most is developing a taste for healthy fruits and vegetables and it is the best insurance against a bad diet. The ultimate things to remember is that we must start respecting the soil which gives us the real income that supports us all i.e. the components of food namely iron, zinc, proteins, calcium’s, carbohydrates and vitamins etc. The Principal of the School, R.K. Verma while addressing the gathering said that eating healthy and being physically active are important parts of being healthy and feeling good. “When we eat well our body gets the nutrients and energy we need to grow, eating well also helps to concentrate and perform better in activities that are important in school and it helps in lowering the stress level and increasing your confidence, he added. Ajatshatru Singh-Chairman/Trustee-Maharaja Hari Singh Social & Education Foundation, Ritu Singh-Trustee, Ranvijay Singh-Trustee, Adishree Singh-Trustee and S.S Sodhi-Director, DPS Nagbani conveyed their best wishes to Dr. Mitali Gupta, resource person for delivering a guest lecture to the students of DPS Nagbani.
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