Nutrition Month and 10 Nutrition Messages

July is Children for Health’s Nutrition month!

Here are our 10 messages on Nutrition for children to learn and share:

  1. Food that makes us GO plus food that makes us GROW, plus food that makes us GLOW is GOOD food that makes the body strong!
  2. Malnutrition happens if we eat too little, or eat too much junk food. Avoid it by sitting and sharing the right amount of good food at meals.
  3. Children under 2 years need to be weighed each month at an under-5s clinic to check that they are growing well.
  4. If children become thin or swollen in the face or feet or too quiet, they need to see a health worker.
  5. When children are ill they may lose their appetite. Give them lots to drink and soup, and more food than normal when getting better.
  6. Breast milk is the only food and drink a baby needs from birth to 6 months. It has Go, Grow and Glow!
  7. After 6 months babies need breast milk plus mashed or ground family food three or four times a day plus a snack between each meal.
  8. Eating natural foods of different colours every week is the best way to have a healthy balanced diet.
  9. Red, yellow and green fruits and vegetables are full of micronutrients. These are too small to see, but they make our bodies strong.
  10. Prevent sickness and sadness by washing the food you eat and cook. Use cooked food quickly or store it properly.

Our nutrition messages are sometimes adopted and often they are adapted to fit with a system or programme priorities.

In Tete Province, Mozambique, the Provincial Government there are using 8 nutrition topics & nutrition messages and they are all based on nutrition topics and messages that can be found in their primary school curriculum.

  • HygieneA illustration of two children washing their hands in a bowl of water before eating
  • Balanced Diet
  • Rainbow Garden
  • Micronutrients
  • Sharing food fairly
  • Breastfeeding
  • Malnutrition
  • Growth Monitoring

The Provincial Education & Health Sectors in Tete helped develop and have approved these nutrition messages for use by school health clubs.

  1. Wash your hands correctly: use water, a little soap, rub them for 10 seconds. Rinse and air-dry or use a clean cloth. Don’t wipe on dirty clothes.
  2. Energetic foods + building foods + protecting foods are good foods that keep your body and mind strong.
  3. Eating from a rainbow garden helps to protect our health. Let’s grow a rainbow garden.
  4. Fruits and vegetables, red, yellow and green are full of micronutrients, too small to see, but make a strong, healthy body and mind.
  5. Small children, boys and girls, pregnant and breastfeeding women, the elderly and children with special needs ALL need the right amounts of good food.
  6. Breast milk is the only food and drink that a baby needs from birth to 6 months. It is energetic, building and protecting. It is always fresh and clean.
  7. Malnutrition means “bad nutrition”. This happens if we eat too little or if we eat too much junk food. Sharing the right amount of good food during meals avoids malnutrition.
  8. From birth until 5 years old children must be weighed regularly at a Health Clinic to check they are growing well.

Read more about this nutrition programme here.

There are materials including storybooks and posters that we created with teachers and children in this programme.

In Nigeria and India, Save the Children have taken three messages as part of their diarrhoea and control programme. The child participation program is structured around twelve messages for children to learn and share. This programme uses children’s health and hygiene clubs to mobilise children and support their activities in their families and communities, find more information here.

Balanced Diet: Food that helps you GO plus food that helps you GROW plus food that helps you GLOW is good food that keeps your body strong.

  1. Breastfeeding: Breast milk is the only food and drink a baby needs from birth to 6 months. It has Go, Grow & Glow!
  2. Vitamin A: Eat enough Vitamin A in colourful fruit and vegetables like carrots and sweet potato. It makes our body strong and help to fight disease. It improves eyesight and makes skin glow.

Remember to visit our shop to find story books and posters that focus on nutrition.

Keep up-to-date with the latest scientific work on Nutrition by looking at the Lancet series on Maternal and Child Nutrition and at the World Health Organisation’s Page on Nutrition.

Tagged with: