We are happy to inform you that in order to mark the beginning of our project to ‘sensitise 15000 children to reduce salt consumption in India’, we are launching a Salt Literacy Campaign in eight government schools in Chandigarh on 1st September 2017.
We are on a mission to fight habits that are deep rooted-a rigid lifestyle, lack of awareness & exposure to food high in salt. Through this campaign we will increase the knowledge on salt, change the attitudes and behaviour related to salt intake amongst school children.
Since, National Nutrition Week is celebrated each year from 1st September to 7th September ,this year The George Institute for Global Health is partnering with Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh to launch this campaign.
In this campaign, three classes (6th, 7th, 8th) from eight public schools in Chandigarh are selected, including more than 4800 school children. A team of 6 members from PGIMER will facilitate an hour of group/class activity where the objectives will be to introduce nutrition as determinant of health, to sensitise students on high use of salt, to build self-efficacy on measuring salt in diets and to clarify the doubts and misconceptions of the students regarding use of salt.
The learnings from the salt literacy campaign as well as the formative research will be used for developing the intervention program for salt reduction among all schools of Chandigarh.This programme will be extended in 20 other public and private schools in Chandigarh city covering more than 15000 school children.
We are still in the need of funds to cover the expenses of the nutritionist and data collectors. We look forward to your continuous support for raising funds for this project by telling your friends and family about the project or additional donations. Share the link on your social networks or just bring us up in conversations.
Needless to say your involvement in a noble cause like this would go a long way in ensuring that schools take the message seriously and deliver it to their children effectively.
Thank you again, we will keep in touch!