NewZNew (S A S Nagar) : With the theme ‘Better Nutrition – Key to Development’, the National Nutrition Week kicked off at Fortis Hospital Mohali with a ‘Health Food Exhibition’ comprising healthy products and foods being inaugurated by Mr Ashish Bhatia, Regional Director (North), Fortis Healthcare Ltd, on Monday. The health exhibition will remain open in the OPD lobby of the hospital till September 2.
Sonia Gandhi, Head – Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, at the hospital said, “A series of nutrition education programme has been planned during the week to sensitize different vulnerable groups on nutritional challenges and aim for better nutrition and overall well-being of individuals.”
The health foods and neutraceutical companies participating in the exhibition include Aha Foods, Yakult, Ricella, Nestle Nutrition, Abbott Nutrition, Fresenius Neutraceuticals, Soya Shakti, Whea free foods and Monika’s.
On Tuesday, a talk will be organized for young professionals from tri-city’s Corporate sector on ‘Role of nutrition in preventive medicine’. The talk aims at making the younger population understand the role of nutrition in their overall physical and mental wellbeing.
On Wednesday, a Clinical Meet has been scheduled on Clinical Nutrition, wherein the experts from tri-city will discuss new challenges for doctors, nurses and medical fraternity vis-à-vis nutrition.
On Thursday, students of Bhavan Vidyalaya – Chandigarh, DAV School-8, Chandigarh, Saupin’s School, Mohali, Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, St Xavier’s School, Mohali and The Millennium School, Mohali will take part in a declamation contest on ‘Better Nutrition – Key to development.’
For Friday and Saturday, Fortis Mohali has planned a flurry of educational activities for staff and patient attendants, so as to promote awareness among people regarding good nutrition and healthy eating for all age groups.
Steaming and baking are healthier options of cooking. In steaming and baking the food becomes easily digestible, there is conservation of nutrients and there is retention of flavour and colour of food. As steamed foods are mainly fermented, there is an increase in the availability of vitamins and minerals. Salads too should be an integral part of meals as these add fibre to the diet, add colour, are low in calories. Fruits and vegetables have good satiety value, help relieve constipation, control cholesterol and blood sugar and are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.