In an endeavour to spread awareness regarding the importance of nutritious meals for one’s well-being, Fortis Hospital, Mohali observed the National Nutrition Week from 1st to 7th of September 2017 here. The main objective of the series of events was to emphasize the importance of a healthy diet for overall good health, prevention of diseases or ailments, and curb mal-nutrition. The target audience included children, adults and the elderly.
As a part of the one-week celebrations, a Fancy-Dress Competition on ‘A Healthy versus Junk Food’ was organized for school children to inculcate healthy eating habits to curb malnutrition and improve their health and well-being. 100 students from tricity schools participated with full zeal and enthusiasm on the theme Childhood Nutrition is one of the major challenge, keeping in mind their fast physical and mental growth, varied food choices and peer influence. Nutrition and dietetics department of the Hospital sensitized the kids on eat good and feel good subject in a colorful and interactive manner.
Dt. Sonia Gandhi, Head, Department of Clinical Nutrition, welcomed the audience. She and her team of dieticians explained the health benefits and nutritional value and right use of products displayed at National Nutrition Week. In her talk to senior citizens of Mohali, Dt. Sonia Gandhi explained that good nutrition helps to prevent health problems like eating disorders, obesity, dental cavities and iron-deficiency anemia. Since the way children eat influences their growth and health during childhood, during adolescence and for the rest of their lives, it’s best to adhere to healthy eating habits right from the beginning; and parents have a major role to play in accomplishing this.
Dt Gandhi concluded, “Consumption of wholesome, seasonal, unprocessed and nutrient dense food items and reducing the intake of extra sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and excess of tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages at all times possible is one of the mantras for a healthy body and mind.”
Mr. Abhijit Singh, Facility Director, Fortis Hospital Mohali, informed, “The team of dieticians under the guidance of Dr. Sonia Gandhi have done a brilliant job organizing the National Nutrition Week. We will continue to carry on this tradition of promoting a healthy food and healthy lifestyle year after year.”