Colombo, May 1 (newsin.asia) – The Leo Club of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura debuts a programme called “Nurturing Souls”, which consisted of three phases. In the first phase, a survey was created in order to gather information related to the topic, “nutrition” from the general public.
In Sri Lanka, the nutritional status of children under five years of age is poor. The adult population group is also affected by undernutrition as indicated by the prevalence of chronic energy deficiency which is more than 33% in women and nearly 37% in men. Despite the socio-economic improvement, undernutrition rates stagnate in Sri Lanka, while a slow rise in obesity and noncommunicable diseases (NCD) is seen.
“We as the Leos of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura hope to become an impact on strengthening the nutritional status of citizens of Sri Lanka starting from the pregnant women. We focus on making them aware of the value of nutrition in having healthy children.”
A virtual workshop was implemented as the second phase of the project where the scope of the topic, “nutrition” was discussed, a crucial topic with regards to health. The workshop conducted was by nutritionist Hiroshan Jayaranga (BSc. Special in Applied Nutrition), a resource person related to the health sector. As a club, Leos believe it will help to enhance the knowledge related to nutrition and to get to know whether we are aware of the importance of consuming a nutritious diet.
In order to create a successful outcome from the project, a physical project will be carried out as the third phase. Accordingly, the team hopes to distribute nutritious rations to ten expectant mothers chosen, in Karandeniya District Hospital which will be helpful to uplift their health.
Leo Club of Mattegoda and Baddegama also joined hands to make this project a success.
Leo Club of University of Sri Jayewardenepura was initiated on 1st July 2019. The Charter Installation ceremony was held on 29th November 2019.