Health Nutrition Education

As the leading authority on health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the lack of education regarding health nutrition as the leading cause of malnutrition, increasing mortality rates and hunger in general. The increasing threat has always been the lack of resources and information; after all, resources would be of little importance if governments cannot learn to optimize them.

Because information dissemination is a challenge especially on large scales, simple ideas would be a good platform to start of this movement. Pregnant mothers as well as infants are the ones most prone to the diseases when their immune systems are compromised by unhealthy eating. Not many mothers and soon-to-be mothers are aware that breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a child’s life. This is important to minimize the deaths that occur among children 5 years old and below. Proper breastfeeding is also beneficial because it helps in prevent obesity and stunting in the children; it also helps in promoting their intellectual development.

Studies also show that an increase in the number of disease infected individual around the world can be attributed to the number of undernourished in the population. Their loss in nourishment is often the cause of their death and most times this is also brought about because of poverty. Because stunting is an indicator of under nourishment, the importance of breastfeeding should be emphasized more. The rising food prices and lack of preparation of most local governments have resulted in the death of 1.5 million children each year. Lack of proper nutrition and physical activities have also assisted in the alarming levels of unhealthy individuals worldwide. Health nutrition means that a person is aware of the benefits they are getting from the food they eat. They do not merely choose foods that are filling but those that can supply them with the needed nutrients as well.

Other seemingly simple ideas that could significantly boost the population’s health are:

1. Eating food with less sodium and less sugar. There’s a reason why fats, oils and sweets were placed at the top of the pyramid. This is because they are the food group that a person should consume in minute amounts since they are not that beneficial to the health.

2. Add more fruits and vegetables in your diet. This food group contains the most vitamins and minerals which can greatly aid in the immune systems function and keep the body strong enough to fight off diseases.

3. Try to mix up the food you eat in a day. Eating a wide variety or at least an assortment of food would ensure that the different nutrients a person’s body need becomes available.

Small ideas are usually the best way to get complex ideas across. Instead of wasting time telling a person that he needs to eat more fruits to increase the level of vitamin A and C in their body, it would be better if you tell them that including more fruits in their diet would help prevent them from contracting simple illnesses like colds and flu. Health nutrition, although a complex topic to discuss, actually has practical applications which could be easily understood by anyone, well educated or not so.