Sept. 9, 2011
-- The School of Hospitality of Lovely Professional University held the first week of September as National Nutrition Week at the University. The objective of this week was to educate general public, students and other members of the staff against various factors leading to malnutrition. It was also to encourage them adopt healthy eating habits. Students and the faculty of the school organized various messages related to healthy nutrition through Exhibition of Models, Posters and charts on Nutrition, Guest Lectures by reputed Dieticians, Community Awareness Programme, Nutritional Counselling and Recipe contest etc.
On this organizational series, a valuable Guest Lecture on Dietary Management of Diabetes was delivered by Chief Dietician of eminent reputation Ms Madhu Arora, from Govt Medical College & Hospital Chandigarh. The faculty and students of Nutrition & Dietetics visited Mitthu Basti at Jalandhar, in association with NARCHI (National Association for Reproductive and Child Health India), where School going girls, pregnant & lactating women and elderly ladies were given messages to reduce anemia. As to all, they were, too, informed about balanced diet, deficiency disorder and food sources of various nutrients, hygiene and sanitation, consumption of green leafy vegetables and to take care of their nutritional needs. On this occasion, Dr Rajeshwari, Dr Deepali Luthra, Dr Sushma Chawla appreciated the efforts of the university and emphasized the need to continue create such community awareness programmes. The last step of this celebration was observed as a Recipe (Low Fat Recipe) Contest.
On the conclusive day of the organization, congratulating all the organizers, the Director General of the University, Er HR Singla said: "The need of good nutrition is of utmost importance for all. Scores of people are seen, in and around, under the worst effect of Mal-nutrition. Mainly and primarily, the young and developing ones are suffering a lot, due to ill-awareness in regard to it." Continuing, he said: "That is why our University has started certain programmes like Nutrition and Dietetics, which are of dire necessity in present scenario. As the culture of profit making eating-joints establishment is on regular increase day by day; students can go for such programmes for their better settlement in life with adoption of latest know-how on these lines."
The participating students of MSc Nutrition and Dietetics of the school, Simranjit, Richa, Loveneet Kaur, Neha Sewani , Shivangi, Reshma, Akanksha, Simrandeep, Anureet presented nutrition awareness messages through poems, speech, slide show and riddles initially; followed by competitions like Poster Making, Slogan Writing etc. Healthy nutritious snacks, prepared by them and other contestants remained centre of attraction. They said jointly: "We tried our levels best to guide all towards current scenario of malnutrition in the country, particularly through fast-food, and key issues and challenges of food habits of adolescents. This celebration is very meaningful for all students like us. It has indeed given us a right platform to propagate our career in a right direction." As part of corporate social responsibility Dabur Foods had given the sponsorship for different programmes.