Nutrition Education for Women in Nigeria
Nutrition education for women in Nigeria to improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes are the focus of Arewa Cafeteria work. Nutrition education is important because we need it to get motivated, to make healthy food choices, to learn cooking skills and to make healthy meals. Arewa Cafeteria promotes nutrition education and health promotion among Nigerian women to improve nutrition outcomes for women and children. The objective of Arewa Cafeteria is to support women with nutrition education to make healthy food choices and make healthy eating convenient, affordable, easy and fun for women and kids in Nigeria. We do this using the following approaches:
We motivate women on healthy eating and feeding practices through creating awareness of healthy foods, discouraging and demystifying cultural beliefs and practices associated with some foods and eating behaviors through effective communication strategies.
We facilitate women’s ability to take action by teaching them actionable, cognitive self-regulatory skills needed to practice healthy eating and imbibe healthy eating habits and behaviors. We support women with the right information and skills required and recommended for women, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, infant, and young child feeding. We give women practical ideas and tips on getting and cooking the best foods, setting healthy eating goals, imbibing healthy eating habits, preserving and keeping foods safe.
In addition, we work with policymakers and other stakeholders in nutrition in Nigeria to advocate and promote enabling factors that facilitate the effective practice of healthy nutrition for women and children, such as policy, funding, capacity building, research and community participation.
Women Need Nutrition Education
Nigeria National Demographic and Health Surveys and nutrition surveys, including the recently released UNICEF MICS 2017 survey, have shown that northern Nigeria continues to battle malnutrition among children ages 0 to 5 years. Evidence has shown that access to information (including health education) for women and girls is lowest in the north (especially in North-East and North-West regions) compared to other parts of the country. In addition, evidence has shown that there is a strong association between access to information and education of mothers to maternal and child health outcomes. That is, the more a woman or a girl is educated and well informed, the more likely she and her child would be healthy. There is also ample evidence that nutrition education with behavior modification has significant positive influence on consumption of a healthy diet and healthy eating habits.
Based on this evidence, the work of Arewa Cafeteria focuses on providing nutrition education to adolescent girls, women of reproductive age, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Nutrition Education Program for Women in Communities
In order to reach more women and girls in rural communities with our nutrition education messages and empower them with skills, Arewa Cafeteria has a component that carries out its community programs called Nutrition Access Initiative in Nigeria (NAIN). This is a registered non-governmental organization that partners with state governments, donor agencies, civil society organizations, traditional and religious leaders, ministries, agencies and departments (e.g. ministries of agriculture, health, women, and youths). The objectives of NAIN include developing, implementing and conducting research on women and children nutrition in order to improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes in local communities.
Benefits you can get from Arewa Cafeteria
You will get easy-to-make healthy recipes that come with a comprehensive ingredient list, nutrition information and a clearly outlined method of preparation. You will receive health tips, that will make you live a healthy life. You will also get latest nutrition information, including nutrition news from Nigeria and beyond. We also have nutrition tools such as nutrient, calorie and Body Mass Index (BMI) calculators, all embedded on the website for your instant and convenient use.
Visit the “Contact Us” page for more information on how to contact or partner with us.
Meet Dr. Maryam Al-Mansur
I am Dr. Maryam Al-Mansur, the founder of Arewa Cafeteria. I am from northern Nigeria. The word “Arewa”, means “north” in the Hausa language. Hausa is the main language spoken in northern Nigeria.
I am a medical doctor with specialization in Nutrition Education and Health Promotion. I am a wife, a mother of two daughters with a grandson. Oh! Yes! I have a grandson who keeps everyone in the family busy when he’s around.
In addition to my medical background and love for healthy eating, I like cooking and gardening. I also love to write and share the things I do. Presently I live in Bauchi, Nigeria, where I do research work on nutrition education and behavior change.
I am passionate about helping women to eat healthily and raise healthy children who will grow to love eating healthily too. I am concerned about the status of nutrition among women and children in Nigeria, particularly in the northern region, which has the highest burden of malnutrition.
My goal is to contribute to changing the negative trend and improving maternal and child nutrition outcomes in Nigeria. I believe I can achieve this using Arewa cafeteria.
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