Thursday, February 17, 2011

Towards a healthier life

I remember reading somewhere that if you want to give someone permanent happiness, teach him gardening. It was while going through the newspaper that I came across this interesting article It is about a School in Indian city of Mumbai where they have successfully banished junk food from school canteen and substituted it with healthier alternatives grown in the School compound by the children themselves! Children were encouraged to cultivate crops which they could consume in their school lunch. Net result is that you have happier and healthier little gardeners who grow up with the satisfaction of having contributed to the betterment of environment besides adding to there own health. The world has changed rapidly over the last two decades. Advancements in Information Technology have revolutionized the way we used to do things. Globalization has resulted in nutritious traditional diets being replaced by junk food, which is heavily advertised by multinationals. Young impressionable minds find it glamorous to associate with these starchy, trans-fat full, patently unhealthy foods. One cannot fight the side effects of growing market economy with socialistic rules and regulations alone; instead, providing healthier alternatives and educating masses about them is the way to go. I admit that before reading this very inspiring news article I used to scoff at NGOs trying to teach people about environment sustainability etc, dismissing them as an attempt to gather publicity and government funds. But, thankfully I am wrong and there are some genuine and very brilliant attempts at preserving the Globe.

27 comments:

lotusleaf said...

I wish all schools would follow this enterprising school!

islandgal246 said...

Hello Doc, I haven't been here for a while and I apologize for the long absence. That is a very positive move and I wish businesses would try it as well. We have the power to change things but do we have the will?

Ever Green Tree said...

Interesting Take! Is that a picture of your daughter? She is cute n all smiles. Lucky to be part of Mom's blog.

Julie said...

Isn't this wonderful. I am trying to teach it here, but it is rough, mainly because i can't get my 6 year old grandson to have enough interest to do much other than watch. The 2 year old granddaughter is more involved (helps me water, and pulls leaves off my plants)!!!!! Grandson is watching a Mr. Stripey tomato plant grow now (he picked the seedling out at store), and it has two fruits on it which he will go out and look at on occasion! He has eaten carrots I've grown, dipped in ranch dressing, of course! Granddaughter loves hummus...and she will learn to make it as soon as old enough to use the Vitamix!!!
I wish parents could be more involved too...over here it is so hard because everyone is so damn BUSY, or possibly too self involved (sadly). Grandparents are very important on so many levels, and this is certainly one. I learned gardening from my grandparents. Well, as Mrs. Clinton once said "It takes a village to raise a child"! Your daughter is ONE LUCKY GIRL to have YOU for her Mom!!!! You better believe it!
xoxo- Julie

namita said...

Really to think over it for healthy future for all of us

Nicole said...

Just yesterday I was thinking you must be so busy as you haven't posted for a while! Your daughter grows more lovely.

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kanak7 said...

I wish more schools would take a page out of this one. The list of snacks sound delicious (and most nutritious). BTW, your daughter is adorable!!

Green thumb said...

Lotusleaf - Amen! World definitely would be a lot happier place.

islandgal246 - I am the one who should be apologizing as I have been regularly irregular. Yes, I wish we had the will and the rest would have followed.

Healing touch said...
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Green thumb said...

Ever Green tree - thanks! yes she is my little sapling. I feel myself lucky to be a part of her life.

Julie - Thanx a ton dear! the warmth of your words gladdens my heart. I couldn't agree more with you; grandparents are vital. Not all children are so blessed though. The experience and time which they have for their grandchildren has absolutely no substitute.

Namita - Thanks for the comment. I wish I can actually be inspired and be a role model one day. I would definitely have lived a life that day.

Nicole - Thank you Nicole. Yes, life sometimes moves fast, but quite often it is actually the loss of ideas that comes between me and the blog.

Kanak - Thanx dear, and my cutie pie is thanking you too:-) The day we all become conscious about the environment, we would be living in Atlantis.

varsha said...

you are so right Green thumb.I have just been transferred to Delhi and am dreading the high rise life,my garden reduced to a few gamlas and loss of organic fresh from the soil veggies.
A lifestyle that takes your garden away from you really sucks.
Your kid is an angel!!

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Chandramouli S said...

That's a wonderful idea. Instilling gardening in young minds is oh-so required in today's machine-filled world.

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antigonum cajan said...

I did not know that over there the diet is turning USA, like...The untouchables ingest such foods as in
the picture? I am a little confused.

What is your worry?

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Adi Nayak said...

Interesting blog and would love to read more blogs. To stay healthy i advice you to eat an organic food, that doesn't take much time from you but it keeps you healthy and saves the cash.

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