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Feeding the future now, we can ensure we live in a healthy nation

For a person to live a healthy life, a proper diet is a must. It is more so in case of children who are in their growing years. A balanced diet can ensure that the immunity of a person is well maintained.

Some of the NGOs in India play a major role in ensuring that school-going children are able to get a full meal. Malnourished children experience developmental delays, weight-loss and illness as a result of inadequate intake of protein, calories and other nutrients. Anaemia, osteomalacia/rickets are among the diseases that could affect children who do not get a balanced diet.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s mid-day meals supplied to thousands of schools ensures healthy and balanced diet for children. As a part of the Feed The Future Now campaign, the NGO is trying to reach 5 million children by 2020.

Chronic undernutrition is said to plague more than 925 million people worldwide. Prolonged deficiency leads to malnutrition. Human body can easily fall prey to diseases if the body is not…

Seasonal Nutritious Dishes Keep Children Healthy

Nutritious and healthy food is the birthright of every child. But, not all children get to have it every day. There can be varied reasons for the same.

The school lunch provided by The Akshaya Patra Foundation to over 1.6 million schoolchildren every day ensures that the children get nutritious and healthy food containing seasonal dishes as a part of their school lunch. It also ensures they get a balanced diet and are saved from hidden hunger.

The Foundation ensures that children get fresh and different variety of dishes in their meals. It has been observed that children like different kinds of dishes in their meals every day. This, in a way, ensures that the food wastage is less. While feeding the seasonally available food, the Foundation ensures that the children get the kind of food cooked in their region. For this, every Akshaya Patra kitchen has different menu. This is necessary to feed the children nutritious meals every day.

As seasons change, the types of vegetables and fruit…

Hidden hunger obstructs development of the healthy nation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines hidden hunger as lack of vitamins and minerals in the food we consume. A child is usually fed a meal with all the necessary nutrients for his body to supplement his physical and mental growth. But what happens when he is deprived of a quality meal? Feed The Future Now, a movement started by Akshaya Patra, aims to eradicate hidden hunger.

Nutrition, WHO says, is “the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs.” This means just getting food is not enough; children need the right amount of nutrients in proportion to the body type and weight.

Hidden hunger is slowly affecting our country as we still strive to fathom the depth of this problem.  The Global Hunger Index 2016 rated India as a country with ‘serious’ hunger levels with fifth highest GHI score in Asia. Now what does it imply?

It means there are millions of people, especially children, suffer from hidden hunger. This directly impacts a child’s ability to perceive th…