Children to be sensitized about food based dietary guidelines

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Monday July 2nd 2012 – Saint Lucia’s Ministry for Health in its bid to educate the public on proper nutritional practices will on July 6th, 2012 launch the Food Based Dietary Guidelines alongside a robust dietary guidelines education campaign.

The education campaign will target school children, noted Chief Nutritionist Lisa Hunte Mitchel. The younger ones from the pre-school stage onwards, she said are also expected to take the message of healthy eating home to parents and other members of the family.

“The Ministry of Health has actually developed some material including booklets, colouring books for pre-schoolers, brochures, posters, notepads, pens, jingles, t-shirts, banners and advertisements.

Mrs.  Hunte Mitchel said the development of a dietary guideline for any country is a meticulous and time consuming process with takes into account many trends and incorporates the input of many partners.  “The Food Based Dietary Guidelines were developed by the Nutrition Unit of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, and was funded by the FAO.     Also technical assistance was provided from CYNI which is the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute – a partner of PAHO.”

A poor diet can have an injurious impact on health, causing deficiency diseases such as scurvy and   health-threatening conditions like obesity and metabolic syndrome and such common chronic systemic diseases as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

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