Son interviews father on importance of eating breakfast

Thembile Nyathi, an 11-year-old learner at Leresche Primary in Orlando East, Soweto, has captured hearts and brought smiles to faces with his heart-warming interview of his father, as part of the Rama Good Breakfast Programme. In this video, Thembile’s father Silingo candidly discusses his breakfast choices, highlighting the significance of a nutritious morning meal.

Thembile’s interview with his father serves as a powerful reminder of the pivotal role parents play in nurturing good nutritional habits in their children. Silingo’s sincere testimonial underscores the importance of breakfast, especially for young minds and bodies.

Breakfast is often called ‘the most important meal of the day’ – yet, according to The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, nearly 1 in 5 South African children skip it before going to school. This may be because they aren’t hungry, wake up too late, or because people at home aren’t having breakfast.

Claire Storm, Rama Good Breakfast Programme manager, says it was for this reason the Rama Good Breakfast Programme was launched in 2017. She elaborates that the program is a 21-day behaviour change initiative, conducted in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, and aimed at educating young children about healthier breakfast choices through interactive activities.

“At Rama, our commitment to nutritional education stems from our belief that it takes a village to raise a child,” she explains. “This deep sense of responsibility drives our commitment to helping improve the health and well-being of more children, so that they achieve better academic outcomes, and fulfil their dreams. However, witnessing the heart-warming interaction between Thembile and his father Silingo serves as a poignant reminder of the vital role that parents play in this journey, too.”

As South Africa prepares to celebrate National Nutrition Week from 9 to 15 October, Storm offers valuable insights into what parents and caregivers can teach their children about breakfast:

1. Why should you eat breakfast?

Without a good breakfast, you may experience reduced energy levels and could find it challenging to actively engage, absorb knowledge and maintain focus in the classroom (even if your overall diet is healthy).

2. What constitutes a ‘good breakfast’?

A good breakfast should contain choices from the five food groups:

  • Protein: Found in eggs, milk, yoghurt, beans, nuts, soya and meat
  • Grains and starchy foods: Oats, creamy mealie meal porridge, brown bread
  • Fruits and vegetables: Bananas, apples, tomatoes, oranges and pears
  • Fats and oils: Opt for healthy fats such as Rama, peanut butter, avocado
  • Water: Encourage your children to drink plenty of clean, safe water or unsweetened juice. Water is essential for the proper function of every cell in your body and plays a vital role in temperature regulation.

3. What is an example of a ‘good breakfast’?

“Our hope is that Thembile Nyati’s interview with his father will not only warm the hearts of viewers but also ignite conversations between parent and child about making nutritious breakfast choices – setting the stage for a promising and healthier future,” Storm concludes.

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