The Good Food Festival was declared open by the honorable speaker Mr. KaruJaysooriya onthe 27th of June 2015 at ViharaMaha Devi Park.Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association(SLMNA) launched their website at the opening ceremony; transforming the event to ahistorical land markof the health system of the country.Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association contributed to the event in terms of two wellorganized and well-attended stalls,which were conducted by membersof SLMNA.
One stall was intended to estimatingbody fat compositionof all theparticipants of the festival. It was doneby using Bio ImpedanceAnalyzers(BIA). There was atremendous enthusiasm among theparticipants to get their bodycomposition analyzed. All the participantswere provided with a written document of theirtotal fat composition, subcutaneous fat composition, visceral fat composition etc.At-riskindividuals wereidentified andrelevant nutritionalcounseling together with relevanttherapeutic life style modificationswere made .Furthermore they were referred to the nearestMedical Nutrition Units for further follow up by medical nutrition doctors.
The Second stall was a lively and comprehensive demonstration of complementary feeding for infants from six months up to the completion of one year. This stall, demonstratedhow amother should change the quantity,quality, consistency, frequency andpreparation methods of complementary feeding to keep up with child’s growth.A specialemphasis was given to enlighten the participants regarding feeding during illness.The two day Good Food Festival was a successfulmemorable experience for SLMNASLMNA is anovel association that contributes towards the attainment of highest possiblelevels of nutrition status of the nation, through provision of quality nutrition care in bothcurative and preventive sectors. We look forward to engage in similar endeavors in the future.