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Balanced Diet for Better Concentration in Learning

Written by  BY LEE SHOOK LAN, MELAKA / TRANSLATED BY NG SAY FEN

Dietitian Ti Xiau Xuan used a simple presentation to share with parents and teachers tips on healthy and balanced diet. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]

In conjunction with Happy Schooling Scheme, Tzu Chi volunteers organized a health talk at SJK(T) Ladang Kemuning Kru, Gadek, to share knowledge on healthy and balanced diet with parents.


At 8.30 am on June 29, 2014, Tzu Chi volunteers arrived at SJK(T) Ladang Kemuning Kru, Gadek, for a health talk jointly organized by the volunteers from Cheng and the school’s teachers. Headmistress, Ms. Sabri, specially declared that day as Parents’ Day to enable parents to attend the talk before collecting their children’s report cards.

Ms. Sabri said, “I hope that through knowledge gained from the health talk, the parents would pay more attention and efforts to their children’s meals, particularly their breakfast; and develop healthy eating habits. I treat these students as my own children and I will not stop coaching them. Parents are also encouraged to actively participate in school activities.”

The health talk is one of the activities organized under the Happy Schooling Scheme. Tzu Chi volunteer, Hou Wen Da, said that when volunteers learnt from Ms. Sabri that most parents paid no attention to their children’s breakfast and did not adopt proper eating habits, they invited Dietitian, Ti Xiau Xuan, to share tips on balanced diet and nutrition at the talk.

As the school is located near Tampin, 16 Tzu Chi volunteers from Tampin also offered their assistance that day.

A balanced diet

Ti used a simple presentation to share with parents and teachers the tips on healthy and balanced diet. She emphasized that breakfast is a very important meal for the maintenance of a healthy body, particularly for growing children. As an example, she said, “To start driving a car, we must first pump petrol into the car. Likewise, regardless of time constraints, we should still prepare simple and nutritious breakfast for the children to boost their energy.”

Ti also pointed out that taking breakfast can avoid gastric and hot temperament. Hence, the children can concentrate better in class. A healthy and balanced diet should consist of half a plate of rice, a quarter plate of vegetables, a quarter plate of other dishes and appropriate amount of fruits, as an example.

In addition, it is important to consume sufficient protein, such as milk, beans and egg. Calcium helps to strengthen the bone and teeth structure; and this can be found in white foods, milk, lactate and legumes. A balanced intake of other nutrients, such as iron, vitamins and minerals are also essential to allow the children to grow healthily.

Ti also reminded the attendees to consume more natural food and avoid using MSG in cooking. This is because MSG only adds taste to the food, without adding any nutritional value; and it will cause hardening of the arteries. It is advisable to consume fruits every day, as fruits can help flush toxins from the body. Besides these, children should drink more plain water instead of cold or sweet drinks; and that parents should not use fast food and sweets as rewards to children, as these will lead to bad eating habits.

Improve eating habits

A parent, Sujata said, “After this, I will choose healthy food for my children, and reduce the consumption of fried and sweet food. I hope my children are healthy so that they can concentrate in their studies.”

Another parent, Kannaki said, “My children do not have breakfast. Instead, they only drink a cup of milk before going to school. I will encourage them to take breakfast in future.” Having gained knowledge on healthy diet from this talk, she hopes to adopt a healthy eating habit herself, thereby, making a positive influence on her children.

Uma, a teacher and a mother, has also learnt a lot from the talk. Besides learning that local fruits are as nutritious as imported fruits, she has also realized the importance of taking breakfast and its impact on children. She intends to share this knowledge with her students to improve their eating habits.

 

Headmistress, Ms. Sabri, is concerned about the students’ studies and health. She hopes the parents can develop a healthy eating habit in the family. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]   A parent, Kannaki, learnt the importance of breakfast and the proportion of nutritionally balanced diet from the talk. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]

Headmistress, Ms. Sabri, is concerned about the students’ studies and health. She hopes the parents can develop a healthy eating habit in the family. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]
 
A parent, Kannaki, learnt the importance of breakfast and the proportion of nutritionally balanced diet from the talk. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]
 
Volunteers worked together with the teachers to organize a health talk, in the hope that parents will pay more attention to their children’s diet. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]   Volunteers evoked the loving kindness in the parents during the activity. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]

Volunteers worked together with the teachers to organize a health talk, in the hope that parents will pay more attention to their children’s diet. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]
 
 
Volunteers evoked the loving kindness in the parents during the activity. [Photograph by Chu Jun Chong]