The Influence of Nutrition Education on the Health of Women in Moyamba Town, Southern Region of Sierra Leone
The research work investigated the influence of nutrition education on the health of women in Moyamba town. The investigation adopted a descriptive design of a survey in this town. The study used a target sample population of twenty-five (25) women, lactating mothers, five (5) pregnant women, elderly five (5), aged women five (5). Adolescent five (5). Random sampling technique were used to select these women at various areas, schools, ante natal, post-natal clinics and outpatient department. Questionnaires were administered and interviews conducted. The result analyzed reveled that, tradition, poverty, negligence and inadequate logistics, illiteracy and other social factors such as poor education on good health leads to the risk of nutrition disorders in women such as mal-nutrition, diabetics, obesity, underweight, overweight, heart failure, complicated labour and infant and maternal mortality. another factor was Lack of proper nutrition education in schools. Nutritionist should be given special allowance in order to motivate them. Facilitate nutrition education at clinics, hospital radio and television discussions, postal and sign board with nutrition messages to the public as well as school , administrators should make it a point of duty that students are exposed to nutrition messages and that food and nutrition be a core subject in schools in other to prevent diet related diseases. This will enhance healthy environment and nation.
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