It is tragic how children know little about fresh food. The area that particularly captured my attention is introducing change by teaching kids about food in school and home. If children cannot understand food basics such as potatoes, cabbages, carrot, and maize, they will live their entire lives knowing only about processed food. It is much easier to nurture a mind at an earlier stage. The introduction of diet programs in schools can equip children with skills of meal preparation, food production, and create a sense of sense of responsibility to healthy diet lifestyles. The movement is bound to control diet-related illness at the roots and cut it off before it grows into a bigger problem. Processed food can be addictive and tempting to desist if exposed to them for a long time. However, if we teach kids about the advantages of fresh meals, they can make a healthy diet.
According to Stuber, 2014, nutrition programs in schools help control obesity rates in a simplified way by raising awareness of healthy diet procedures. The inability to access information on a variety of fresh foods contributes to obesity. Exposing children to the basics of food preparation offers them the ability to make informed decisions in taking healthy meals. Children get insights into the dangers of sugars, fats, calories, and additives in processed foods from nutrition programs. Healthy diets also improve academic performance and discipline of children by enhancing their confidence and memory in school. In my perspective, education on food needs to begin at home. Guardians need to teach their kids how to prepare fresh food and expose them to videos, articles, or programs that empower them on healthy diets.
Stuber, N. (2014). Nutrition and Students’ Academic Performance. Wilder Reserch. www.wilderresearch.org