Health and Nutrition
Health and nutrition are two closely related concepts that are essential for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Health refers to the overall state of being free from illness or injury, while nutrition is the study of how food and other substances affect the body’s growth, development, and health.
Good nutrition is important for a variety of reasons. It provides the body with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are necessary for maintaining good health. Proper nutrition can also help prevent chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
Some key components of a healthy diet include consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. It is also important to limit the intake of processed and high-fat foods, as well as sugary beverages and snacks.
In addition to a healthy diet, physical activity and exercise are also important for maintaining good health. Regular exercise can help improve cardiovascular health, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Overall, a balanced diet and regular exercise are essential for maintaining good health and promoting overall well-being. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider or registered dietitian for personalized nutrition recommendations based on individual health needs and goals.
Malnutrition statistics among children in Kenya are high. According to KDHS 2013/2014, 26% of children under-five years are stunted while the proportion of severely stunted is 8%. 4% of children are wasted and 1% is severely wasted whereas 11% of children are underweight and 2 % are severely underweight. UNICEF Kenya, 2017 report indicates that micronutrient deficiencies (iron, vitamin A, Zinc and iodine) are widespread, with re-emerging rise in rickets. In addition 2.7 million people and1.1million children are food insecure.
The effects of malnutrition in the growth and development in our community are irreversible hence some of our beneficiaries may never realize their full life potential. Thus, as Agape Child Support Organization, we have reached out to them by:
Providing nutritional food supplements to them.
Giving out health tips and providing appropriate health guidelines
- To ensure appropriate growth for all our beneficiaries
- To ensure that all children diagnosed with malnutrition receive appropriate nutritional interventions i. e food supplements and treatment.