Nutrition is a basic human need and a prerequisite for a healthy life.
A proper diet is essential from a very early age for growth, development and active life.
Nutrition is the science that deals with all the various factors of which food is composed and how proper nourishment is brought about.
It’s no secret that what you eat every day directly impacts your digestive system – and that some foods can make your belly feel worse than others.
Good nutrition helps fuel your body. The foods you eat supply the nutrients your body needs to maintain your brain, muscles, bones, nerves, skin, blood circulation, and immune system. Proper nutrition also helps protect you from illness and disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis.
But certain foods have superpowers in the gut, actually upgrading the health of your microbiome (the trillions of bacteria that live there) – plus keeping you regular so you’re not struggling with constipation. Consider adding some of these to your grocery cart and putting them on your plate!
Fermented foods: These are probiotic-rich foods that bacteria have naturally preserved, so they help the beneficial bacteria in your gut to grow. That leaves less room for harmful bacteria that can cause illness.
Yoghurt: Look for “live and active cultures” on the label. Even if you have lactose intolerance, there’s a good chance you can handle yoghurt since the bacteria also ferments and breaks down the lactose.
Prebiotic foods: These plant foods work like “food” for probiotics, helping those good bacteria grow and flourish in your gut. Foods that naturally contain prebiotics include:
High-fibre foods: Fiber does many good things for your gut, like softening stools so they’re easier to pass. Just be sure to slowly add high-fibre foods to your diet, as too much fibre too quickly can give you bloating and gas.
Ms Pooja Hegde
Ekya School, JP Nagar.
Imagine no physical education (PE) or physical activity (PA) classes are allotted in the school timetable. Will the learning experience throughout the whole day be great? Not. The learning experience will be monotonous for the learners.
Is PE the only class where we can incorporate movement? Movement can be used in any classroom across all learning areas. Adding exercise in the school will result in more focussed, better-behaved students who can learn more throughout the day.
Physical activity is suitable for all. Research has shown that physical movement helps in academic excellence. Here are some of the benefits of incorporating trends in our classroom.
It helps capture and retain student students, thus increasing their engagement in learning.
Research has shown that physical activity stimulates the brain and enhances cognitive function. By incorporating short bursts of movement, such as stretching, jumping jacks, or simple exercises, students can release excess energy, increase blood flow to the brain, and improve their ability to concentrate on academic tasks.
When students engage in physical activities while learning, such as acting out a concept or participating in hands-on experiments, they create multisensory experiences that reinforce learning. These experiences activate multiple brain regions, enhancing memory formation and improving long-term retention.
Cooperative movement activities in the classroom build cooperation, teamwork and social interaction among students
Ways to incorporate movement as part of our classroom culture:
It's important to note that incorporating movement in the classroom does not mean replacing traditional teaching methods but rather integrating training as a complementary tool to enhance the learning experience. Different activities can be tailored to suit students' age groups, curricula, and individual needs, promoting an inclusive and dynamic learning environment.
By Ms Moupriya Bhattacharjee Teaching Staff Ekya School, JP Nagar.
Prani: The Pet Sanctuary is one of its one-of-a-kind experiential education parks. An initiative of Into the Wild focuses on outdoor experiential education.
Experiential education is the best teaching approach for young minds, enabling them to connect to the natural world. Interactions with nature and animal life will facilitate mindset growth and physical well-being.
This being one of the critical aspects of learning in Ekya Schools, field trips are planned to ensure that students connect with the natural world and expand their knowledge. As part of their field trip, students of grade 3 of Ekya School, Byrathi, visited this pet sanctuary on 19 July 2023. This experience assisted students in observing, touching, feeling and listening to various sights and sounds around them to enjoy nature and be empathetic towards the exploited animals.
As they were allowed to interact with species being conserved and rehabilitated, students were more curious to learn about these animals and record their experiences in their journals. It was an open environment that welcomed curiosity and cultivated environmental literacy, which can be implemented.
Over and above, students were educated on correct thinking about animals and the natural world. It also allowed them to ponder co-existence, care and concern for animal and plant life and become responsible citizens.
By Prema V Kannada Language Teacher Ekya School, Byrathi