GUWAHATI, Aug 3 - A two-day international webinar on the topic �Nutrition and Wellness in the Time of Pandemic� was organised recently by the Department of Home Science, Handique Girls� College in collaboration with the college�s IQAC, said a press release issued here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Charulata Mahanta, Department of Food Engineering Technology, Tezpur University, highlighted the importance of a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and a healthy lifestyle with adequate exercise, hydration and sleep for boosting immunity during the current pandemic.
Nivedita Ravi, MS in epidemiology from Pittsburgh University USA, presented her views on nutritional epidemiology. Dr Bhabhadharini Balaji, Post Doctoral Fellow from Women�s College Research Institute, Toronto, Canada, spoke on dairy products and their association with diabetes and hypertension. The topic chosen by her was quite relevant as diabetes and hypertension have proved to be high risk factors for Covid-19 patients.
Dr Bandana Bhuyan former Regional Director of NIPCCD spoke about the impact of the pandemic on the physical, social, cognitive and psychological status of children from early childhood to adolescence, belonging to various socio-economic sections of society in India. She also highlighted how the students and community can play an important role by providing necessary services, guidance and counselling to the affected children and their parents.
Reeta B Mehta, social counsellor at San Diago Regional Center, California, USA, discussed the challenges faced by parents of children with developmental and behavioural disorders like autism, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities as these children need special care and therapy from professionals on a daily basis. She also highlighted the role of parents, community, institutions and students in management of children with special needs during the pandemic.
Question-answer sessions also formed part of the two-day webinar attended by 250 participants including academicians, counsellors, research scholars, students and faculty members from various institutions in India and abroad on each day, the release added.