INABIE will introduce healthier food in schools

INABIE will introduce healthier food in schools

The director of the National Institute of Student Welfare (Inabie), Víctor Castro, explained that this body is working on the implementation of mechanisms to reduce the sugar content in the food offered daily at school breakfasts and lunches.

To combat obesity and overweight among Dominican students, last Tuesday, while attending the Listín Diario breakfast, where the President of the Board of Directors of Editora Listín Diario, Manuel Corripio, and the director of this newspaper, Miguel Franjul, the official explained that Inabie is teaming up to create a much healthier menu that meets the dietary needs of minors.

The head of the Department of Education (Minerd) explained that during one of his meetings with those in charge of the Nutrition Department and the Department of Quality Improvement, they noticed that the amount of sugar ingested by the Dominican student enrollment was very high until towards classification as “harmful”.

“In one of our meetings we realized that a situation was taking place and that is that the children were consuming a lot of sugar, when we saw this amount our nutrition department made the decision to withdraw these foods,” explained Castro.

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Likewise, the official claimed that together with Inabie’s suppliers, they use mechanisms and variants to reduce the levels of this dietary component.

“We spoke to our suppliers because many of them have developed formulas. The idea is not to suddenly deprive a child who is already used to sweet foods, but to gradually replace them with healthier ones.” , he hinted.

He argued that the Institute of Student Welfare plans to create an annual register to use quantitative and qualitative data to validate the magnitude of the impact on student health to keep track of results once these mechanisms are implemented in school menus will. .

As a sign of his interest in “working directly to improve the quality of the food eaten by students,” Castro indicated that the agency also conducts assessment sessions to determine each student’s level of malnutrition or obesity and, based on the Findings This overview outlines guidelines to help them address this health condition and contribute to their well-being.

“It is imminent that if the child finds the nutrients their body needs in their own educational center, that will be reflected in their academic performance,” the official said in the interview.

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While child nutritionist Nilka Romero explained the percentage of nutrients recommended for school children.

“Typically, a student child should eat between 10 and 15 percent protein daily; your fat intake should be between 30 and 35 percent,” he pointed out, emphasizing that the highest percentage of nutrients are usually carbohydrates, between 50 and 60 percent.

like dr Romero told journalists of this newspaper, the nutritious diet of schoolchildren should include the following foods: grains, tubers, roots, bananas, greens, greens and fruits.

Likewise, he pointed out that meat, milk and milk products should be included for a comprehensive diet.

However, the nutritionist cautioned that portions and sugar levels should vary based on each child’s characteristics, such as weight, height and age.

Romero recommended that Inabie add these considerations to the calorie and protein content of the foods included in the school’s lunch and breakfast menu.

“A child needs to eat five to six meals throughout the day,” says Romero. He also explained that breakfast should be evaluated first as it is the first meal the child’s body receives.

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Consumption by regions of the country
regional menu.

The menu is adapted to the needs of the families of each region and is called “regionalized menu” because it is based on the foods consumed in each area of ​​the territory. For example, Ruth Cairo, head of the Ministry of Health and Nutrition, said: “A lot of flour and fish are consumed in the southern region and more meat and food in the north.