Nutritional Training

Willy Rumenera & Valerie Stull presenting the Nutrition training

 

The food you eat can be either the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.

Ann Wigmore

Using “Nutritional Education for Healthy Eating” from the K-State Research and Extension “Knowledge for Life” program, our team taught the students at the Butete School about healthy eating.  This was part of the integration of the school garden project.  Below is a small sampling of the nutritional training which was taught to the children and the teachers to continue teaching.

What is nutrition?

Nutrition is everything involved with eating food and the way your body uses that food to live. Food gives us energy and the nutrients our body needs for everyday activities.  Nutrients help our bodies function correctly and help prevent disease.

What you eat is important for your health.

  1. Protective Foods – prevent you from getting sick
  2. Energy Giving Foods – give you energy to work and play
  3. Body Building Foods – help keep you strong and build big muscles

Eating foods from all of the food groups is very important. Choose a variety of foods from each food group, and eat foods of different colors and textures.

Why is nutrition important?

  1. Nutrition can affect every part of our life.
  2. Nutritious foods give us energy to live, work and play.
  3. Children with good nutrition learn better at school.
  4. Healthy women can give birth to healthy babies and feed them with nutritious breast milk.

How does nutrition impact health?

  1. Our body grows, rebuilds, and heals itself
  2. Our minds think and our eyes see
  3. Our immune system stays strong and helps us fight off sickness

Bodily functions like breathing, digesting food, keeping warm, walking, and working require a healthy, nutritious diet.