Nutrition During School Age (6-12 Years)
The school age, six to twelve years, is a latent period of growth.
During this stage growth is slow and body changes occur gradually. The
nutritional requirement is the same for boys and girls upto nine years after
which girls out do boys and there is a change in some of the nutrient
requirements for boys and girls.
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMMES
Increasing urbanization and number of working
mothers have made school days longer. Improper and hurried meals at home have
become a routine. Whereas among rural population, young children are sent for
work to earn a living and the drop out rate is higher in children at primary
and secondary school level. These factors have created a necessity to provide
lunch at schools which will provide nutritious food to children and also reduce
the dropout rate.
The school lunch programmes operate with the following objectives
provide food to the undernourished child and
improve the nutritional status.
increase school enrolment and attendance.
inculcate good food habits.
incorporate nutrition education as part of the
improve the educational performance of the
encourage use of locally available nutritious
encourage community participation in the feeding
major nutrition intervention programmes currently in operation for the
population below poverty line in Tamil Nadu are Nutritious Noon Meal Programme
of the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Integrated Child Development Services
(ICDS) sponsored by the ministry of social welfare, Government of India.