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Healthy eating – a Pillars guide

Ideas to help improve household nutrition at low cost

2003

Two women in northeast Brazil hold up buckets of fresh fruit

Two women in northeast Brazil hold up buckets of fresh fruit. Photo: Elenor Bentall

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From: Pillars guides

Practical, discussion-based learning on community development for small groups

This guide aims to raise awareness of:

  • the importance of a good diet in maintaining health and resisting disease
  • the nutritional needs of pregnant and breast-feeding mothers, young children and older people
  • the foods that are essential to make up a balanced diet
  • door-sized gardens, food preservation techniques and valuable traditional foods
  • food traditions and taboos which go against good nutritional practice

Anticipated outcomes:

  • pregnant or breast-feeding women and young children given more priority when sharing household meals
  • improved health of pregnant women leading to reduced levels of infant deaths
  • fall in child mortality due to improved diet and greater resistance to disease and infection
  • reduced attendance at clinics due to overall improvement in health and disease resistance
  • gradual abandonment of unhelpful food taboos and customs

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