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Unbalanced diet in our schools.


Date Posted: 4/16/2012 6:38:26 AM

Posted By: SimonMburu  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 838

For the mind to develop and function properly it needs nutritional value from food and not just food, a well balanced diet with the essential nutrients that boost the brain activities. Complex carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and mineral salts are among the basic nutritional value that anyone needs on daily basis for the mind to develop and function properly, the omega 3 fatty acids are quite vital when it comes to boosting the mental activity to a higher notch and thus propel the ability of a person to reason and learn properly. Most of the omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained from sea foods like fish and prawns, while some food from the firm example sweet potatoes are also rich in this fats. Good health facilitates comfortable and quality learning because the body becomes immune to infections that can hinder normal activities of any student and thus saving the time spent in seeking medical assistance.

Many schools in Kenya never give a balanced diet to their students since they feed them with only one kind of food which mostly composes of carbohydrates. Let''s take this example; tea and bread in the morning, 'githeri' (mixture of beans and maize) for lunch, and 'ugali' with cabbage for supper, this diet composes 90 percent carbohydrates with very little minerals and vitamins thus making it unbalanced. We should also place into consideration that meat is taken once or twice a week and fruits are taken twice or thrice a month depending with the season. Public schools are the most affected with the ones in arid areas being severely affected since some will have one meal (a cup of porridge) for the whole day.

Perhaps this issue has never been brought to the lime light but it is high time we face the reality that without good

health education is compromised, and we should fight for balance diet in our learning institutions. The government should also provide good and nutritious food to the people living in arid areas and hence facilitate a healthy society where there is quality and comfortable learning.

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