Kolkata: The concept – ‘Eat Healthy to Stay Healthy’ – has changed perceptions towards healthy living in urban India. Ayurveda and recent researches in Nutrition Sciences, have established the importance of food for preventing or curing various ailments. Enhancing human immunity through a healthy diet in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic is now a top priority.
J.D.Birla Institute, Kolkata (affiliated to Jadavpur University) has taken an initiative to educate students on this subject by organizing a series of live webinars with Nutrition Science & Fitness experts. India’s renowned Nutritionists and Educators – Dr. Shikha Sharma, Founder and MD of Dr Shikha’s NutriHealth; Deepti Gulati, Head of Programs at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Kaizzad Cappadia, Principal of K11 School of Fitness Sciences, recently joined the webinars and addressed various concepts pertaining to ‘food as medicine’.
The relationship was elucidated with amalgamation of concepts of Ayurveda and Nutrition by Dr Sharma, who enlightened the students on the role of food and nutrients in enhancing immunity. The art of eating smart to prevent and cure co-morbidity and maintain a healthy lifestyle was explained at length by Gulati and fitness expert, M Cappadia.
It can be noted that J D Birla Institute, established in 1962 and has completed more than 50 years, is an Institute of higher learning committed to thoughtful and serious education for young minds in the fields of Food Science & Nutrition Management; Textile Science; Clothing & Fashion Studies; Interior Designing; Human Development; Commerce and Management, both at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. The Institute provides graduate, post-graduate degrees under affiliation to Jadavpur University and was awarded with ‘A’ Grade by NAAC in 2010. It has a combined strength of 1800 + students and well-qualified faculty members and other staff. The Institute has been ranked high amongst institutes of higher learning in the country by several rating agencies.