Know the Importance of Food and Nutrition

Have it ever come into your mind why we give so much importance to food and nutrition?

The answer is simple: food gives the energy to work plus grow. Also without food nobody can survive. Nutrition is equally important as food. Our body requires micronutrients like vitamins, minerals in small quantities and macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein and fat in large quantities. These nutrients help the body in different ways and a deficiency of any of them can affect proper functioning of the body and can even lead to death.

That is why doctors always recommend a healthy, balanced diet for both adults and children.

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When we talk about the importance of nutrition and balanced diet, another question pops up-what is a healthy food? Any food item which can help stay healthy including fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, dairy products, nuts, seafood, meat and egg is considered as healthy.  On the other hand, a balanced diet involves consuming only the right amount of food required for a healthy body weight and taking different types of foods in the right proportion. A balanced diet, thus will be high in fruits and vegetables; starch (potatoes, rice, bread, pasta); protein (meat, fish, lentils), dairy products (milk) and will be low in salt, sugar and fat.

Balanced diet has been known to protect against many chronic diseases like stroke, heart disease and diabetes in adults. Similarly, food and nutrition has a critical role in a child’s life. A balanced diet helps brain development, improves concentration, boosts self-confidence, keeps bones strong, fights obesity, improves immunity and keeps diseases away.

However, unfortunately, everyone in the world does not have the opportunity to eat healthy. About 870 million people around the globe fight hunger every day and are at higher risk of malnutrition, stunting, wasting and death.

Deficiencies of vitamin A, iron and zinc have found their places among the top ten leading causes of death in developing countries.  It is concerning to know that nearly two billion people are affected with micronutrient deficiency, mainly deficiency of vitamins and minerals.

Iron deficiency is known to cause brain damage in children and pose heart risk in adults. Similarly, a deficiency in vitamin A in children can lead to blindness and increase the risk of dying from measles, malaria or diarrhoea. An iodine deficiency during pregnancy can lead to poor mental health in babies, stillbirth, abortion, and mental retardation in adults.  Also a zinc deficiency in children can affect proper growth, immunity and cause death.

Food for education

All these years, some international organisations like UN, WFP, UNICEF have been trying to end this problem.  In India, we, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, have been fighting hunger and malnutrition since 2000 by delivering nutritious mid-day meals to government school children. Our mid-day meals contain all the nutrients required for children’s healthy growth.

Over 1.4 million children have benefitted out of our Mid-Day Meal Programme. However, millions of children still require our help. So create awareness about the importance of nutrition with us and help us provide food and nutrition to more children across India.

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Schools are going to reopen – Support Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra: Unlimited food for children education. Rs 675 donation can feed a child for an entire year! 

Your Rs 675 donation will have impact on children’s lives:

1) Concentration on education

2) Participation in competitions

3) Not affected by diseases… (Cause: Providing Nutritional meal)

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Mid Day Meal

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Schools are going to reopen – Support Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra: Unlimited food for children education. Rs 675 donation can feed a child for an entire year! 

Your Rs 675 donation will have impact on children’s lives:

1) Concentration on education

2) Participation in competitions

3) Not affected by diseases… (Cause: Providing Nutritional meal)

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N- Number of beneficiaries from one of the largest NGO in India The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Mid Day Meal

Mid Day Meal

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Mid Day Meal Program India – Akshaya Patra

The economy in India is growing rapidly, but not fast enough to take care of its millions of poor and hungry children. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on a solution that has resulted in the world’s largest school lunch program.

Support Akshaya Patra by donate money: https://www.akshayapatra.org/onlinedonations

Video

Mid Day Meal Program India – Akshaya Patra

The economy in India is growing rapidly, but not fast enough to take care of its millions of poor and hungry children. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on a solution that has resulted in the world’s largest school lunch program.

Support Akshaya Patra by donate money: https://www.akshayapatra.org/onlinedonations

Come and Join, we can change the world on this Hunger Day – Akshaya Patra

Why hunger? This is indeed a very deplorable situation which does need an “immediate” attention, even though it is not an illustrious crisis.  Notably, most of the deaths from hunger which are happening all over the world are not because of any natural calamities! Although deaths caused by hunger at the time of natural calamities do exist; it takes only a 10% of total death by hunger’s share. The rest 90% of death is a grand courtesy of chronic hunger! It is drastically spreading to all corners of the world and also rooting strongly in the parts like Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

This entrenched hunger problem is not only due to food scarcity, but also due to deficiency in many aspects. Many people fail to earn income for their daily share of bread because of reasons like: lack of skills and education. Again, the underprivileged sadly have to surrender to chronic hunger to health due to the absence of hospitals, medicines, funds and knowledge about it. These aspects strengthen chronic hunger, therefore, the underprivileged are always in search for a helping hand to raise their voice. Thus “World Hunger Day” was coined to create an awareness of these kinds of situations.

Let us join hands with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to eradicate hunger. Let us support us on this noble cause to eventuate a “Hunger Free World”.  Sponsor Food for Children for this World hunger day 2012.  

Worlds Hunger Day 2012 at May 28 – Akshaya Patra

Children, once hit by chronic hunger, their education become the primary target! They tend to withdraw their rights to education and health. 12.6 million Children in India seek to work to gratify their self’s and family’s needs of hunger.

Let us join hands with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to eradicate hunger. Let us support us on this noble cause to eventuate a “Hunger Free World”.

Sponsor Food for Children for this hunger day 2012.