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Nutrition, Hygiene Must Be Taught Early In Life: Health Inspector

Nutrition, Hygiene Must Be Taught Early In Life: Health Inspector
Western Division Health Inspector Rakesh Kumar with pre-schoolers during the Early Childhood Education launching at Shirley Park in Lautoka on July 23, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
July 25
12:33 2018

Parents and kindergarten teachers were reminded of the importance of introducing healthy nutrition and routines early in a child’s life.

Western Division Health Inspector Rakesh Kumar gave the reminder when launching the Nadi, Lautoka and Yasawa Early Childhood Education (ECE) week.

With the theme, “Quality Early Childhood Education and Care is Everyone’s Responsibility,” the launch was held at Shirley Park in Lautoka on Monday.

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of introducing healthy nutrition and healthy routines from the beginning of a child’s life,” Mr Kumar said.

“Educating children on good hygiene is the best way to avoid the spread of infection and disorders and not just for childhood complaints.”

He said teaching the principles of correct hygiene at an early age could help keep individuals healthy later in life.

“They will be more likely to teach these principles to future generations,” Mr Kumar said.

“It should become part of everyday life and the best way for parents to teach their children is to lead by example.

“Similarly, ensuring young children eat a nutritious and balanced diet is important for a number of reasons.

“Also ensuring they get the right vitamins and minerals will help them grow and develop optimally.

“As they are more likely to be energised and motivated, supporting their ability to learn healthy eating habits during childhood will help them make healthier choices when they become adults.”

He said all these lessons would not only help them succeed, but put them in good stead throughout their lives.

‘Invest in children’

Mr Kumar also spoke on the importance to invest in children, to maximise their future wellbeing.

“Optimising the early years of children’s lives and maximising their future wellbeing is the best investment we can make as a society in ensuring their future success,” he said.

He urged parents, ECE teachers and families to continue their unwavering support towards their children’s holistic development.

“Young they may be at their childhood, but they are the leaders of tomorrow,” Mr Kumar said.

“Where they go and what they achieve for themselves at a later stage depends on how we look after them at these introductory years of life. Nurturing the development of young Fijians is included in the Government’s development pipeline translated down to the five-year and 20-year National Development Plan.

“That includes a number of bold initiatives introduced to improve the provision of quality education.”

Edited by Percy Kean



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