The Association of Nutritional Balance and Performance of Grade 3 Pupils of Pinyahan Elementary School

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Chapter 1
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

Nutrition plays an important role in the present age of scientific investigation and discovery. Recent studies and discoveries in the field of nutrition have been considered among the greatest scientific achievements because of their far reaching effects on human progress and welfare. Credit is due to those investigators in the field of nutrition who made careful and painstaking studies which have given knowledge on how best to select, combine and prepare food to promote the health and efficiency of the individual
The world’s demand for food is becoming greater than ever. The current world population of 8 billion needs new innovations to meet the growing challenges of the poor and hungry world.
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But such gains have not come fast enough according to the latest National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).
The quality of child’s early environment is a crucial factor in his overall growth. The child’s experiences during his early childhood particularly from birth till age of 12 play an important role in the development of his mind, body and spirit. Thus, parents and other adults attending to the child have the responsibility of providing him an environment which stimulates, facilitates, and enhances his development.
Vital to the growth and development of man is a set of proper values, attitudes, beliefs, habits, and abilities, which should be developed in the early years of his life. These years constitute the formative period during which he acquires patterns and modes of behavior for the formation of his character. It is important therefore, that the children be provided the proper stimulation and guidance necessary for the development of desirable values (Sutaria, 1982).
The Constitution of the World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The International Children’s Center extended the definition of health as the ability of man to adapt to a perpetually hanging environment, a continuous adaptation to physical and chemical elements in the environment and mental tensions which man

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