Dubai Health Authority (DHA) organised a seminar for four hundred teachers from private and government schools in the emirate that discussed nutritional education for schoolchildren and their families, Gulf Today has reported. The seminar included educating teachers about the food pyramid, on what constitutes an ideal lunch box and how to raise issues of poor eating or unhealthy lunch boxes with parents. “We presented several standard guidelines which are acceptable levels of healthy nutrition,” said Director of Clinical Nutrition at the DHA, Wafa Ayesh. “Children spend several hours at school and during school hours they should consume healthy foods including complex carbohydrates that release energy slowly throughout the day rather than processed carbohydrates and sugars which provide instant energy but leave children feeling drained out and tired later on.”
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