Webinars and Workshops to sensitise school children on harmful effects of trans fats

Webinars and Workshops to sensitise school children on harmful effects of trans fats

Webinars and Workshops to sensitise school children on harmful effects of trans fats

Consumer VOICE in collaboration with Honcho Tech For Good Foundation organised an interactive webinar with students of Narayana Group of Schools, West Bengal on 30th October 2021.

This interactive workshop was organized to discuss various health harms of trans fatty acids and to encourage children to adopt healthy food and lifestyle. Students participated with full enthusiasm and showed keen interest in the subject matter.  Various aspects that were discussed in the webinar included foods which are trans fat free, health harms of trans fats and how to make healthier choices.

Ms.Richa Pande, columnist and health enthusiast along with Ms.Rinki Sharma, Campaign Lead, Consumer VOICE, interacted with students on the subject matter. There were many queries raised by students and staff members which were addressed by Ms.Pande. A short informative photo story was also shown to students made exclusively on the subject matter.

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Lucknow

Consumer VOICE along with its state partner Consumer Guild, Lucknow organised an interactive workshop (hybrid model) at  New Public Montessori School, Lucknow  on Transfat Free Children on 23rd October, 2021. 

The objective of the interactive workshop was to discuss the health harms of trans fatty acids and to encourage children to adopt healthy food and lifestyle. Around 80 students joined the workshop.

Ms.Richa Pande, columnist and health enthusiast along with Ms.Rinki Sharma, Campaign Lead and Ms.Aditi Gupta, Social Media Manager  of  Consumer VOICE interacted with the students.

Students participated with full enthusiasm and showed keen interest in the subject matter. Students were encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyle and improve food habits. Various health harms of trans fatty acids were also discussed.

 This workshop was organized in a hybrid model in which experts joined online and physical interaction was done by Shri Abhishek Srivastava and Mr. Amber of Consumer Guild the with students.

Ghaziabad

Trans Fat Free Children 

Consumer VOICE along with  Uttam School for Girls, Ghaziabad successfully organised  the interactive webinar with school children on the subject matter of trans fatty acids on 28th August 2021.The objective of the webinar was to discuss about health harms of trans fatty acids  and to encourage children to adopt healthy food and lifestyle.

Around 120 students besides school teachers, staff members and Consumer VOICE team members took part in the session conducted.

Ms.Richa Pande, columnist and health enthusiastic along with Ms.Rinki Sharma, project lead Consumer VOICE interacted with students as experts. Ms.Richa Pande gave an informative presentation to students.

It was a very informative session and we witnessed huge enthusiasm among students and they asked various queries. Various aspects such as health harms of trans fatty food items containing trans fatty acids how to make healthier choices etc were discussed.

Healthy Eating for Children

Healthy Eating for Children

Healthy Eating for Children

Healthy Eating For Children

Some fats are meant to be simply chewed and some to be digested. Though there is a negative feeling towards all types of fats but for children some amount of healthy fats are essential for growth and development.  Young kids require enough of them in their diet to help the brain and nervous system develop normally. Foods which are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like nuts, seeds, and fish and oils like olive are good for the overall growth of the child. 

The Good, Bad and Ugly Fats

There are three main types of fat – the good, bad and the ugly. “Good fats” have high-density lipoprotein (HDL), while the bad ones have low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol while helping increase your HDL (good) cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat and an essential fatty acid—meaning the body needs them to function but cannot make them so they must be obtained through foods. Some of the sources of good fats include:

  • Olive
  • Sunflower
  • Peanut
  • canola 
  • avocados
  • nuts

The bad fats may raise your cholesterol and are mainly found in animal products. They are mainly solid at room temperature. They are found in chicken with the skin on, whole-fat dairy products, butter, cheese, ice cream. 

The devil of all the fats is trans fats – which is made by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid, thereby increasing the shelf life of foods. 

Trans-fats can be found in the following foods:

  • Fats And Oils: Vanaspati, Bakery Shortenings and Margarine
  • Baked Foods: Biscuits, Puff, Cakes, Pastries, Cookies, Cream Rolls
  • Fried Snacks: Puri, Pakodas, Namkeens, Jalebis, Gulab Jamuns, Boondi Laddus
  • Processed And Packaged Foods: Meat Pies and Sausage Rolls

What’s all the noise for?

These trans fats are considered hazardous to our health as it increases bad (LDL) Cholesterol and reduces good (HDL) Cholesterol.  These fats play a major role in the rise of non communicable diseases or NCDs, like heart and other cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer, according to some studies. 

As the child is in his or her formative years, it is crucial that they be introduced to some healthy eating from early on. Some of the severe health harms that trans fats may lead to are:

  • Excess inflammation 
  • Many non communicable diseases, like coronary disease, arthritis, and metabolic syndrome 

Consumption of trans fat has been linked to negative changes in lipoproteins, systemic inflammation, coronary heart disease, and diabetes mellitus. Evidence of processes leading to these conditions has also been found in children. 

What is India’s stand on trans fats

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 5.4 lakh deaths take place each year globally because of intake of industrially produced trans fatty acids. The WHO has called for the elimination of industrially-produced trans fatty acids from the global food supply by 2023.

India has unveiled regulations to limit trans fat in oils and fats, an important step for public health that will prevent thousands of deaths every year. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has announced that all edible refined oils, vanaspati, bakery shortening, margarines, vegetable fat spreads and mixed fat spreads may only contain up to 3% trans fats by January 2021 and 2% or less trans fats by January 2022. The move is the first step by FSSAI towards fulfilling its commitments made in 2018 to reduce trans-fats in both edible oils and in all foods. Within a week of capping trans fats in oil, FSSAI caps trans fats in foods. “Food products in which edible oils and fats are used as an ingredient shall not contain industrial trans fatty acids more than 2% by mass of the total oils/fats present in the product, on and from 1st January, 2022,” said the revised regulations notified recently and made public on February 5, 2021.

Some ways to keep fat intake within recommended ranges:

  • Increase concentration of fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet
  • When eating out, help kids make balanced choices that don’t include large amounts of fat. 
  • Choose healthier, unsaturated fats when preparing meals for your family
  • Pack healthier options for school lunches instead of packaged food
  • Opt for healthy snacks that are naturally free of trans fats: Mixed Nuts, Sprouts, Salads, Fruits, Yogurt
  • Do not repeatedly reheat oil or reuse the same oil for frying
  • Avoid using ‘vanaspati’ for cooking/frying.

It is never too late to start. Make a healthy eating environment at home, stay happy, exercise regularly and you will see children will make healthy eating a way of life!

Interactive Session With Children on the Harmful Effects of Trans Fats

Interactive Session With Children on the Harmful Effects of Trans Fats

Interactive Session With Children on the Harmful Effects of Trans Fats

Children are one of the most vulnerable groups in terms of consuming trans fat due to lack of awareness. They need to be sensitized about trans-fat, what to eat in a right way and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Keeping the health of children on top priority, Consumer VOICE organised an interactive workshop with students of Soami Nagar Model School New Delhi on 21st December 2020  as a part of campaign activities ‘Trans Fat Free Children.’  

 The head of the institution Ms.Aarti Prasad  addressed the students on this important topic and encouraged them to adopt healthy food habits and to  avoid the trans fats laden foods .Ms.Rinki Sharma, Head- Projects, Consumer VOICE interacted with students and conducted the session.

Students participated with full enthusiasm and shared their experiences in the interaction.

Various Informative posters on the subject matter were prepared and shown to students such as what is trans fatty acids, what are different types of foods to be avoided, ill effects of trans fatty acids etc. These posters were also put on school boards after permission of the school authorities.

 Stickers with ‘No to Trans Fat’ messages were  also circulated among students to put on their school bags as a reminder to avoid trans fatty acids in the food. We witnessed great enthusiasm among students and school staff. Around 45 students of  middle and senior sections  participated in the interactive session.