The Gujarat Science City has organised several curricular activities for school and college students to mark the National Nutrition Week, which is observed across the country during the first week of August. The slew of programmes, conceptualised on the theme ‘Health and Wellness’, aim to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating for optimal health of the community. The programme will continue till August 7.
Narottam Sahoo, senior scientist at Science City, said, “Healthy
eating habits and regular physical exercise is a key to healthy life. If we eat the wrong kind of food or overeat, we are bound to get over weight and prone to disease. However, a healthy eating habit can prevent such diseases, improve the quality of life and increase life expectancy.”
“Eating varied kinds of food from every level of the food pyramid is very essential for everyone. Each of the basic food groups supply different nutrients, vitamins and minerals essential for our body. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and exercise for at least 150 minutes every week. Reduce the consumption of salt, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats and trans-fatty acids. For a healthy lifestyle one also needs to cut down on extra body fat to prevent diabetes, blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, cancer and anaemia,” said Dr Parikit Shah.
An interactive computer game titled ‘My Food Ball Match’ is developed, and has been designed as a power point slide to introduce the basic concepts and importance of food pyramid through an interactive ‘Food’ ball game. As part of the event, a special live phone-in programme on Gyan Vani has also been organised in collaboration with the Gyan Vani Educational Channel on August 4.
The programme, which is also themed on Health and Wellness, will be aired on 105.4 MHz Radio FM, between 9.00 am to 10.00 am
on Tuesday. This interactive session will be conducted by eminent rheumatologist Dr Sapan Pandya and general medicine and diabetic expert Dr Shalini Pandya. Listeners are requested to ask any question on the topic and interact with the experts by calling on 02717-241212.