Victoria University students of Bachelor Of Science In Nutrition And Dietetics have launched a Nutrition Club at Sister Miriam Duggan Primary School to promote health living and dieting.
At the launch event, the university students interacted with the primary school pupils and educated them about the benefits of consuming foods that are nutritious and healthy. It was an exchange of knowledge about dieting and eating health foods.
Victoria University students through their association, Health Science Students Association of Victoria University, have had an opportunity to carry out a number of community interventions. Their work at Sister Miriam Duggan Primary School being the latest.
In an interview last year, Rebecca Suubi, a founding member of the association said the common mistake that people make when it comes to food is that they don’t think about the consequences of what will come out of what they are eating. They eat in the moment, they indulge, she said.
"They don’t sit down and plan for what they will eat the following day. They don’t know the why; they just eat. And when they put on weight, they start juicing. Extreme taking of those juices is something that is dangerous to your body.
"As Ugandans, we don’t take time to find out why we do what we do. We just do because other people are doing the same. But if we stopped and asked ourselves why we eat the way we eat, why live the way we live, then we would be more conscious about the way we take care of our health.
Victoria University offers a four year course, a Bachelor Of Science In Nutrition And Dietetics. It applies the science of nutrition in the maintenance of health in each of the life cycle stages as well as to the dietary management of various disease conditions.
The degree program equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to practice in any of the 3 key focus areas of the profession, i.e. Therapeutic Nutrition, Community Nutrition and Food Service Management.
After the four years of study, graduates will gain the ability to comprehend, analyse, synthesize and apply selected theories with a broad base of knowledge from basic sciences and clinical placements to support general practice.
They will also gain an understanding of the need to participate in the change process of health care systems across different sectors of population and diverse people, the ability to identify problems related to clinical research and to apply findings in order to inform the evolution of evidenced-based practice.
Other benefits for studying the course are to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to identify and apply basic concepts of teaching and learning in general practice and in the promotion of health and preventive illness amongst diverse populations
The knowledge and ability to use basic concepts of leadership, including knowledge of internal and external organisational influences on practice in order to provide continuity of health care delivery and a working knowledge and skill of effective clinical judgment required for assessment, determining differentials, planning, implementing and evaluation in the context of care delivery.