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Tue, Nov

Give early breakfast to children - Nutritionist

A consultant nutritionist, Jessica Juweriah Ibrahim has admonished mothers and caregivers to give balanced diets that provide children with important nutrients required by the human body for healthy growth and development.

According to her, children who eat breakfast early and regularly have more energy and tend to pay attention in class hence performing well in academic exercises.

She said eating early helps meet the vitamin and mineral requirements to help children in their physical and intellectual growth. She, therefore, counselled parents to make a commitment towards providing balanced nutritious meals for their children.

Jessica Juweriah Ibrahim speaking to the mothers at the Nido Nutrition Day" celebration 

Ms Juweriah Ibrahim who was speaking at the Nestlé Ghana "Nido Nutrition Day" celebration at the Kwashieman cluster of schools in Accra last Saturday, said parents must not compromise on the essential nutrients that come from the type of foods they give their children.

She said alternatively the Nido powdered milk which contains high-quality proteins, calcium, iron and vitamins are also important for brain development and overall growth of children.

Some of the mothers seated at the Nido Nutrition Day" celebration at the Kwashieman cluster of school

The event dubbed: "Nido Nutrition Day" educated hundreds of women, mostly mothers and caregivers through drama, interactive sessions and talks on nutrition. It was also used to convey to the gathering the importance of healthy and timely eating.

The Greater Accra Regional School Health Coordinator, Patrick Banafo lauded the initiative and commended mothers for their participation.

Some mothers participating in a snake and ladder game

He said the Ghana Education Service (GES) takes nutrition as an important requirement for school children, saying that is why it is embedded in the curriculum so that the children can be taught the importance of a balanced diet.

A drama scene on the importance of good nutrition.

He said mothers should share knowledge and experience on nutritional awareness so other caregivers can learn and implement in their homes.

A drama scene on the importance of good nutrition.

Roselyn Amoasi, a mother of two,  won GH¢500 scholarship, exercise books and assorted Nestle products for her son Andrews Lartey, a class three pupil of the Anglican school at the Kwashieman cluster of schools. The prize package is to help cushion her son in the next academic year.