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Nutrition Education

Anjali Pattanaik (Author)
Synopsis India is no longer deficient in food grains. However, sufficiency in food production does not guarantee improvement in the nutritional status of people, especially that of the women and children. Access to food and purchasing power are the two most determining variables of food security. Unfortunately, only 40% of India’s population consumes 80% of the energy required. Protein deficiency has been observed to be one of the commonest maladies affecting the physical and mental health status of children and therefore becomes a serious issue in respect of child survival. Children, especially belonging to families living in urban slums, rural and tribal areas, suffer from malnourishment leading to high degree of early childhood morbidity, and mortality. Despite the fact that Orissa ranks second in highest infant mortality in the country, food safety and nutritional status related activities have not been included in the primary health care system; and the PHD strategy also does not lay emphasis on involvement of the community vis-?-vis the mothers. Ignorance about the nutritional needs of the child across the stages of development is a “Mother of Miseries” for the urban slum-, rural-, and tribal- mothers. Nutrition education therefore is recognized as of considerable importance. The efficacy of the process of educating mothers regarding appropriate child rare practices including feeding and nutrition depends on a specific strategy that not only involves the mother s but also proves to be cost-effective and thereby replicable. The current study, therefore, attempted to employ an appropriate nutrition education strategy using an interactional model of communication with low-cost print material support. The essence of the applied strategy corresponded to devising need-salient messages and making the process a fully participatory one, animated through voluntary community workers. The results of the study have made it explicit that effective utilization of extension education material, through group participation leads to greater simulation of learning process. Thus, the merit of collectivism become the key factor for the success of the adopted strategy.
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About the author

Anjali Pattanaik

Dr. (Ms.) Anjali Pattanaik is presently teaching in the Post-Graduate department of Home Science in Berhampur University, Orissa. She did her Post-Graduation in the Utkal University, Orissa in 1979 and also awarded with Ph.D. in Home Science from Utkal University in 1991. She Sathya Sai College for Women, Bhubaneswar, and joined the Post-Graduate department of Home Science in Berhampur University in 1984. She has been awarede with D.Litt. degree from Utkal University in 2003. Her specializations include published a number of research papers in professional journals (National and International) and presented papers in various National Seminars.

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Title Nutrition Education
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176487651
length xii+117p., Tables; Bibliography; 23cm.