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Life skills

Health education: Healthy nutrition

When applied to the issue of healthy nutrition, one or a combination of life skills can enable students to:

  • identify personal preferences among nutritious foods and snacks and choose them over foods and snacks that are less nourishing (e.g., self awareness, decision making)
  • identify and counter social pressures to adopt unhealthy eating practices (e.g., critical thinking, communication skills
  • persuade parents to make healthy food and menu choices (e.g., interpersonal relationship skills, communication skills
  • evaluate nutrition claims from advertisements and nutrition-related news stories (e.g., critical thinking)

For more information on a skills-based approach to health nutrition, see:

Healthy Nutrition: An Essential Element of a Health-Promoting School, WHO School Health Information Series, WHO, Geneva.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: http://www.fao.org.



Achieving Basic Education For All. Nutrition Strategies for School Children. Position paper; UNICEF, 2002.



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