Under the Swabhiman programme, a three day workshop was conducted on Healthy Eating and Nutrition for young girls and women, at three Swabhiman centres – AADHAR, Sahyogita Samaj Vikas Sansthan and Health & Care Society. The workshop held from June 27-29, 2013, was intended to make the beneficiaries aware about the right eating habits during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and lactation.
A woman has not only her own, but also her family’s health to look after. In underprivileged households, due to lack of means, education and awareness, nutrition and health often take a back seat. Most mothers are happy if their children can get two square meals a day, without bothering about its nutrition content. Their own health comes last, which is unfortunate as women are the bearers of a future generation.
The workshop was an initiative to promote a health-seeking behaviour in underprivileged women so that their families and communities can develop a conscious awareness about the importance of health and nutrition. It was conducted by three trained resource persons – Sangeeta Raj, Neeta Arora and Anita Papreja and attended by 123 beneficiaries.
Discussions were held on several issues vital to a woman’s health like diabetes mellitus, hypertension during pregnancy, teen pregnancy, benefits of vegetarian diets, importance of nutrition for adolescent girls, healthy diet for a lactating mother and proper iron and calcium intake.
The discussions were followed by curious questions from the beneficiaries, who after initial hesitation, participated actively in the workshop. To assess their understanding, group presentations were organized during which the women confidently explained the issues discussed during the workshop.