ADVERTISEMENT

Experts stress importance of healthy nutrition

Nutrition experts have stressed the importance of good nutrition during and after pregnancy.

Pregnancy Labour

The experts made the assertion at a Media Workshop organised by Nestle Nigeria plc. in Agbara, Ogun.

The theme of the workshop is: “Good Nutrition, a Way of Life’’.

Dr Bartholomew Brai, the National President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, said, “under-nutrition during critical periods in development can lead to adverse health outcomes later in life.

ADVERTISEMENT

“So, mothers should eat balanced and varied diet with the right amounts of vitamins and minerals.

“They should maintain normal weight prior to pregnancy, and healthy weight gain during pregnancy should be encouraged.

“After pregnancy, all mothers should practice six months exclusive breastfeeding; no other solids or liquid foods should be given to the baby.

“ Feeding on colostrum is a health benefit that comes from breast milk, because, it supplies the essential nutrients needed for baby’s cognitive development.

“Exclusive breastfeeding also protects against gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, slow infant weight gain and lower risk of obesity,’’ Brai said.

ADVERTISEMENT

He said that breastfeeding was very relevant toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) three.

According to him, SDG three seeks to ensure health and wellbeing for all, and it addresses reproductive, maternal and child health, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, as well as environmental diseases.

Brai said that appropriate complementary feeding was also a proven intervention to significantly reduce stunting during the first two years of life.

Also, Mr Chukwuma Muanya, the Deputy Editor, Guardian Newspaper, urged companies that were into nutrition products and services to support or partner with research firms to conduct surveys on nutrition.

According to him, research findings on nutrition issues attract high media interest and coverage, and should be publicised to members of the public.

ADVERTISEMENT

On the challenges of reporting nutrition stories, Muanya said, “most nutrition studies and stories are sponsored by the industries or manufacturers.

“There is lack of specialised training in reporting science, nutrition and health, as well as poor funding for logistics, field visits and investigative stories.

“ Building the capacity of journalists to cover nutrition case studies, brand surveys and sensitisation of media editors on nutrition issues, is also a challenge,’’ he said.

In her remarks, Mrs Chioma Emma-Nwachukwu, Manager, the Nestle Nutrition Institute, Africa, Anglophone, Central West African Region, said that the workshop was aimed at raising the level of media coverage of nutrition and creating shared value.

According to her, one of the major nutritional challenges in West Africa is the high prevalence of micro nutrient deficiencies, especially among children and women.

ADVERTISEMENT

She said that the major interest of the company was to make societal challenges and business needs to intersect.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Wike won't allow contractors rest until they deliver quality Abuja projects

Wike won't allow contractors rest until they deliver quality Abuja projects

FCT minister says criminals, not hungry Nigerians, looted warehouse

FCT minister says criminals, not hungry Nigerians, looted warehouse

Nigerian lawmakers feel insulted because Binance CEO refuses to appear before them

Nigerian lawmakers feel insulted because Binance CEO refuses to appear before them

Betty still goes by Ondo Gov's wife on Instagram 2 months after Akeredolu's death

Betty still goes by Ondo Gov's wife on Instagram 2 months after Akeredolu's death

Oyo health workers begin 7-day strike as Govt ignores their unmet demands

Oyo health workers begin 7-day strike as Govt ignores their unmet demands

Edo State governor Obaseki criticises CBN's new monetary policy

Edo State governor Obaseki criticises CBN's new monetary policy

APC, Sylva want termination of Bayelsa election tribunal over alleged bias

APC, Sylva want termination of Bayelsa election tribunal over alleged bias

Akeredolu’s widow slams her husband’s niece for supporting Aiyedatiwa

Akeredolu’s widow slams her husband’s niece for supporting Aiyedatiwa

I will ensure 24-hour power supply during Ramadan - Governor Idris

I will ensure 24-hour power supply during Ramadan - Governor Idris

Pulse Sports

Above Rohr and below Keshi: Where does Jose Peseiro rank among Nigeria’s Super Eagles' greatest-ever managers?

Above Rohr and below Keshi: Where does Jose Peseiro rank among Nigeria’s Super Eagles' greatest-ever managers?

Look away Man United fans, funny stat shows onesidedness of Manchester Derby

Look away Man United fans, funny stat shows onesidedness of Manchester Derby

Popular TV host Kate Abdo makes it official with boyfriend, cuddles up with him on Instagram post

Popular TV host Kate Abdo makes it official with boyfriend, cuddles up with him on Instagram post

Sha'Carri Richardson's Nike falls to New Balance in revenue growth for 2023

Sha'Carri Richardson's Nike falls to New Balance in revenue growth for 2023

Ex-Arsenal midfielder rushed to hospital following brain-related injury

Ex-Arsenal midfielder rushed to hospital following brain-related injury

I don't want him punished — Greenwood opens up on feelings after Bellingham's alleged name-calling

I don't want him punished — Greenwood opens up on feelings after Bellingham's alleged name-calling

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT