Why public health needs nutrition education?

Why public health needs nutrition education?

Education and nutrition are important fundamental conditions and resources for improving public health. Unhealthy nutrition is one of the key risk factors for developing main non-communicable diseases. Studies have confirmed that the country’s population has unhealthy eating habits. Community-based programs under many circumstances provide this crucial contact.

 

What is the importance of promoting healthy food choices?

Improving child nutrition is critical to human development and to the realization of human rights, as
stated by the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), the Zero Hunger Challenge, and the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025. While there
has typically been a focus on health and nutrition in the first 1,000 days, from pregnancy to a child’s
second birthday, the first two decades of life contain critical phases of development and rapid growth,
such as the pubertal growth period, during which nutrient requirements increase (Victoria 2010; Das
et al. 2017).

Public Health Education in Promoting Nutritious Foods

• School meals that are consistent with current national dietary
guidelines and formulated to increase emphasis on nutritious
ingredients, including vegetables, fruits, pulses and animal
products, such as milk. The meals should meet a significant
portion of the nutritional requirements of school-aged children.
• Policies that facilitate local and regional procurement of foods
for schools.
• Predictable national budget allocations to support integrated
activities.
• An effective, inter-sectoral mechanism for managing such
food programs, which includes careful measurement
and monitoring of their efficiency and of their expected
educational, nutritional, and agricultural outcomes.
• Capacity to promote change in the actual consumption
of healthy school meals and to encourage children’s lifelong
healthy eating habits. This involves multisector actions that
link school meals with nutrition education, family and school
community involvement, school gardening, and training and
technical support to help schools achieve an overall healthier
environment