“Food education is paramount to the physical and mental development of pupils”
The way children eat today can have a great impact on their health during adolescence and adulthood. Eating foods that contain important nutrients helps them grow and is essential for their physical and mental development. Carmen Quintana, Nutrition Advisor at the Logos School, bilingual school located in the northwest of Madridgives the keys to the importance of good food education from an early age.
A recent study published by the Spanish Agency for Food Security and Nutrition reveals that 4 out of 10 schoolchildren are overweight, 23.3 percent are overweight and 17.3% are obese. A worrying conclusion that is further exacerbated this year after months of confinement in which children have not been able to exercise and have eaten at home, a situation that could be beneficial or harmful depending on each circumstance.
Carmen Quintana, a nurse and nutrition consultant at the Logos College, notes the importance of good food education from an early age, “for students, When they reach adulthood, they have acquired healthy eating habits, it is important who have known food since they are very small.”
Nutrients are found in foods differentiated in forms, textures, smells, consistency, flavors, and different culinary treatments. Food and its different combinations are known in childhood and adolescence and it is difficult for a child to learn to eat if he or she does not know a variety of products. That's why, “It is important that both parents and educators, we strive to educate their food and nutrition.”
Moreover, “good school-age feeding is proven to be related to good cognitive function, especially memory, which entails better academic performance,” he adds.
This way, Quintana gives a series of recommendations for school-age children to learn to eat healthy and balancedly:
- Educate to eat everything and in a varied way.
- Taking into account the needs of energy, as it is an important period of life regarding normal growth and development, and of great physical activity.
- Take care of the contribution of good quality proteins (meats, fish, eggs, dairy), as the needs are greater than those of the adult population.
- Start children in the habit of a full breakfast.
- Avoid abuse of sweets, soft drinks and fries.
- Dedicate the time needed for the child to learn to eat enjoying. Food should not be perceived as an award or punishment.
At the Logos School “we know the benefits of good food since they are small and therefore have a school menu prepared and supervised by a nutritionist. Menus than we made in our own kitchen in a balanced and adapted way to each stage to create healthy habits in the feeding of our students and in which we include those 5 core feeding groups: fruit; vegetables and vegetables; cereals (including breads, rice and pasta), preferably integral; lean meat, fish, birds and/or alternatives; and milk, yogurts and cheeses.” Todo sobre Pinganillos
A healthy diet that should continue to prevail even in this situation of COVID-19 where “ luckily, in Colegio Logos, we have extensive facilities that allow us to keep isolated the different ‘bubble’ groups that we divide into different time slots. We follow all the safety and hygiene protocols both in the preparation of food and for our students, guaranteeing the physical separation and washing of hands before and after the dining room and the recreation with hydroalcoholic gel dispensers at the entrance and exit of both activities”, concludes Carmen Quintana.
The College Logos is a bilingual school, located in the northwest of Madrid, which is positioned among the top 10 schools in Spain, according to the Ranking El Mundo 2020. A school based on education with values, internationalization, educational innovation and sports spirit.
Carmen Quintana, Nurse and Nutrition Advisor at the School Logos
The way children eat today can have a great impact on their health during adolescence and adulthood. Eating foods that contain important nutrients helps them g
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