MOTHERS in every family need to be encouraged to cook healthy and balanced meals in order to fight non-communicable diseases.
Action for Children and The Aged (ACATA) executive director Rosan Lal said educating mothers in preparing healthy meals for their families was an important contribution to fighting NCDs.
Mr Lal made the comment at a health training of villagers held in Nabukadogo, Macuata yesterday.
"Our mothers do the shopping so they basically decide the food bought for families and that is why they need to choose balanced meals while preparing food for families," he said.
"It is equally important as mothers to prepare balanced lunch for their children to school.
"Please stop giving them noodles and fried cassava or dalo. Boil vegetables and have them take it to school with cassava or other root crops because this is healthy."
Mr Lal encouraged the community health workers to hold awareness programs and meetings with mothers in the village so they could all work together in preparing healthier and balanced meals for the families.
"We see the village as one family and it is easier for them to work together communally as it is always the practice in most villages.
"So it will be much lighter for the women to discuss ways of preparing good meals for their families.
"If we want our children to live long lives, then we need to act today on the kind of food we give them."