A School Assembly That Improves Children’s Health

New Delhi, May 4, 2018: On the 4th of May, Happy English School, East Delhi conducted a special ‘Noon Assembly’ to spread awareness about Vitamin D, and its health impact for children’s lifelong health. According to medical research, 20 minutes of sunlight exposure between 11am-1pm can produce 5 times more Vitamin D in the skin as compared to morning hours. That’s why Happy English School shifted their morning assembly to around noon. The Noon Assembly started with a prayer, followed by activities like P.T. and Yoga to increase the Vitamin D absorption. It was concluded with children singing the National Anthem.

India’sleading dairy company, Kwality Ltd. and the Food Safety and Standards Authorityof India (FSSAI) brought the Noon Assembly to life on the 9th ofApril, at the National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi. The initiative is supported byCBSE, ICSE, NDMC, Dept. of School Education and Literacy, MHRD and leading NGOsSave the Children, GAIN, SEHEAC, and Child Survival India. The launch event sawparticipation of more than 600 students from NDMC, North MCD, and Privateschools.

Mr.Kabir Basu Roy, Chief Marketing Officer, Kwality added, “Most parts of India receiveabundant sunshine all the year through. Yet shockingly, studies have found thatnearly 90% of children in India were deficient in Vitamin D. It was thisknowledge that led us to fortify many of our products with Vitamin D and otheressential nutrients. We are proud to sport FSSAI’s F+ fortified logo on ourproducts and to be a part of Noon Assembly initiative.”

Vitamin Ddeficiency is putting children at risk of weakened bone health, reducedimmunity, and many lifestyle related diseases. With this simple shift inassembly timings, children can get sunlight exposure when it is best for theirbodies to produce Vitamin D.  Speaking about the Noon Assembly, Dr.R.K. Marwaha, Scientific Advisor & Senior Consultant,Endocrinology international Life Sciences & Institute, India said:‘’Contrary to popular belief that morning sunshine is best for bones, it isactually the sunshine from 11am to 1pm that is most beneficial inincreasing Vitamin D levels in human body because of best UVB radiations.’’

Since itslaunch on April 9th , the Noon Assembly initiative has beenseeing increasing participation. More than 35 thousand students from more than40 schools have received over 700 thousand sun minutes. Schools from Varanasiin UP and Dhanbad in Jharkhand have also conducted the Noon Assemblyin their premises. It is encouraging to see that more than 10 thousand parentshave also joined the initiative to give their children better sunlightexposure. 

Ms.Arti Khungar, Principal, Happy English School, New Delhi encouragedchildren to spend time outdoors and stressed that “Good habits built inchildhood help carve strong adults! The Noon Assembly is an idea thatcan solve a huge public health problem with a simple timetable change. Let usall join the mission to help bridge Vitamin D deficiency in children bystarting the Noon Assembly in our schools.”

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