Through the generosity of our donors, this young woman is being trained in nutrition. She has gained notably superior marks in her work. She will come back to the Bungoma community and share her knowledge and services. This strengthens the impact of our programs, and builds goodwill and trust in the community. Everyone benefits.
Receive many greetings from this end of the great rift valley of our beloved country Kenya. I hope and trust that you’re doing well in the United States of America. I’m also doing well here in my training school as I say once again that, thank you so much for your immeasurable support that enabled to be where I ‘am.
I’m learning new things about nutrition of which historically, people of my community are not upholding them. For instance, I have to help my community on the side of maintaining good health. For example, one should choose a diet moderate in sugar and salt. This is because, too much consumption of sugar leads to hypertension, diabetes and too much consumption of salt leads to goiter. They should choose a diet of whole grains, vegetables especially; they are given too much food to children, weaning starts too early or late without following health procedures and they are often sick.
Solutions on how to curb the above problems,
I will encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies for at least 6 months before complimenting them.
I have to teach mothers to complement their babies at 6 months so that they can get enough food and breast milk
Mothers should vaccine their children in order to protect their immunity.
As a dietitian, I will use the following dietary assessment to assess the diet of people in the community.
Food Frequency Questionnaire:
This is whereby a person is given a list of around 100 food items to indicate his or her intake per day, week, and month.
24 hour dietary recall;
Trainer interviewer asks the subject to recall all food and drinks taken in the previous 24 hours.
Its aim is to discover the usual food intake pattern of an individual over a relatively long period of time.
Food intake should be recorded by the subject at a time of consumption
Observed food consumption:
The unused in clinical method practice but is recommended for research.
I will go ahead to advice people of my community to plant plenty of guava trees and teach them about the importance of eating a balanced diet e.g fats, minerals, vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates.
According to analysis of diet survey data, the measure of nutrient provided by the diet is calculated by basing on calories supplied by the food such as that food rich in nutrients relative to the energy content are termed a food with high nutrient density. E.g !kg carbohydrate(CHO)- 4 Kilo calories (kca)
1kg proteins – 4 kilo calories (kca)
1g fats – 9 kilo calories (kca)
1g alcohol – 7 kilo calories (kca)
In our community, there are children, who are malnourished due to,
Not getting enough breast milk
Given too little food and
Overfeeding among other diet requirements
Here is my performance report: