IJSRP, Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2013 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Nimmi Jacob, Manu .V.Thomas
Children are the nation most important resource. They hold the potential and set the limits of future development of any country. Children are not born with the innate ability to choose a nutritious diet, instead their food habits are learned through experience and education. Basic knowledge of food and normal eating is learned in childhood. Parents have been found to be the principle regulators of children’s eating and food supply, and the home environment is most influential on children’s consumption behaviors. Preschool children between the age group of 3 ½ yrs to 4 ½ years and 4 ½ years to 5 ½ years and their parents were selected for the nutrition education programme. The tools developed for the programme includes PowerPoint presentation and recipe booklet on smart school snacks for the parents. A nutrition handbook containing information about basic nutrition, food pyramids, stories and rhymes on nutrition were developed for the preschool children.The samples were subjected to pre test and post test to evaluate the impact of the developed tools.