New Delhi: In a bid to fight malnutrition among children, the Delhi government has decided to introduce mini snack breaks and parent-child counseling sessions in all schools in the city. According to a circular by the Directorate of Education (DoE), schools have been directed to incorporate mini snack breaks of 10 minutes in the school timetable.
Mini break should be 2.5 hours before lunch break. Schools have been asked to prepare a weekly planner of snacks with three meal options for each day, which may include seasonal fruits, sprouts, salad, roasted gram, peanuts, etc. The planner will be displayed in every class.
“Suggested items should be cost-effective. Students should be advised to bring at least one food item mentioned in the weekly planner for the mini snack break.” Science Faculty. In evening shift schools, priority should be given to mini snacks with low volume and high nutrition in the weekly planner,” the DOE circular said.
The department has also directed schools to conduct class-wise counseling sessions in consultation with home science teachers, emphasizing on the link between healthy diet and its impact on performance in academics, attention span, physical activity, comprehension and development of children Is. It added that the counseling sessions should also focus on encouraging parents and guardians to prepare low-cost high-nutritive value recipes suggested by home science teachers in the school.
“Class teachers maintain a record of height and weight of each student enrolled in the class and update it regularly. This record should be related to the general health as well as the attendance of children in schools so that children at risk of malnutrition can be identified in time and parents can be informed accordingly. “Alternative dishes with higher nutritive values may be included in the mid-day meal menu,” the DoE circular said.
“These strategies will also reduce student absenteeism from school due to poor health conditions. It will also promote the overall health and development of the students.”
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