Don Tasks Govt On Adequate Nutritional Education
PROFESSOR Yetunde Makinde of the department of nutritional education, school of Agriculture and Industrial Technology, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, has called on government to modify the instructional curriculum of schools from kindergarten to tertiary level to include adequate nutritional education for the cultivation of healthy lifestyle, especially training appetite and food habits.
Makinde made this call while delivering a paper at the third inaugural lecture at Babcock University titled: “Food For Thought In Thoughts For Food: Conceptual Genius Of Local Ingredients In Global Diets And Food Habits Of African Populations.”
She noted that good nutrition and food habits impact positively on the intelligence and academic performance of pupils and students.
The don said comparative analysis of the data (CGPA, 2012-2014) collected from Babcock University Registry on academic performance and food intake of on-campus and off-campus students, showed that Babcock students that were on-campus had higher CGPA than off-campus students.
According to her, Babcock on-campus students had access to enough adequate meals than off-campus students.
She stressed that the feeding programme of the Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O-meals) is one of the few surviving school meal programmes in the country.
This, according to her, has now been restructured and enhanced to reach a wider range of students numbering 254,000 and to empower over 3,000 community caterers in 2004.
She said O-meals aim is to reverse the very low academic performance of pupils, noting that good nutrition is necessary for development of cognitive skills. She explained that having full stomach also helps the pupils to concentrate better on their studies, boosts pupils enrolment and increase regular school attendance.
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