By Chris Udochukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) Nigerian Journalists have been tasked to create awareness on healthy living through good nutrition.
The Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Nutrition Department made the call during it’s 2-day sensitization of Journalists on basic nutrution issues as part of its Nutrition week program with the theme: Nutrition The Bedrock of Economic Development.
The event which held at the Hotel DeBenley in Utako on Friday was organised by the Minister of budget and national planning.
According to Mrs Nana Fatima Mede, the essence of the program is to create awareness on healthy living through good nutrition.
She urged the media to help on sensitizing the people and create awareness. Stressing that awareness can be created through better nutrition practices.
in her words, “nutrition is the selection of food , preparation, injection, absorption and assimilation by the body. Adding that good nutrition will help us overcome nutrition challenges.
“Food sufficiency exists when people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietry needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
Shd gave the immediate cause of malnutrition as a) lack of care b) Infection and disease.
The Director said that there are two types of nutrition namely; Undernutrition (malnutrition) and over nutrition.
Undernutrition is defined as a pathological state resulting from absolute not relative deficiency of one or more essential nutrients. Adding that malnutrition occurs when the body is not getting enough protein and vitamins.
On the other hand, overnutrition is a pathological state resulting from absolute or relative excess if one or more essential nutrients.
Thd Director said the objective of the sensitization is to raise awareness of journalists on food security and nutrition topics in Nigeria as well as raise awareness of the impact of malnutrition on the country’s heslth and well being as well as enhance capacity and dkills of media personnel as critical advocates for nutrition.