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Covid-19 pandemic and key role of Nutrition by Prof. Sunita Mishra, Dean BBAU

Prof. Sunita Mishra, Dean of School of Home Sciences and Head HDFS Food and Nutrition Department of BabasahebBhimraoAmbedkar (A Central) University, Lucknow, BBAU, is a respectable figure. An important educational accolade achieved by her includes a Ph.D in Nutrition.  Presently, she is a leading researcher, academician and nutritionist. She’s written numerous research papers in the International space. Previously, she was the coordinator of community services at BBAU, Lucknow. In order to give back to community, she adopted eight villages of Lucknow and nearby areas. Programmes related to menstrual hygiene, nutrition and immunity booster foods were conducted successfully. The main aim was to educate women and children in rural and remote areas. Prof. Mishra spread awareness on locally sourceable and seasonal foods. These were useful to eradicate anemia in women. She has worked for the past two decades in the field of nutrition and immunity booster foods.

Apart from that, Prof. Mishra is truly a specialist in Food and Nutrition. She has facilitated the development of indigenous foods prepared with grains and plants that are easily accessible. Super foods and seeds such as Sunflower seed, Flax seed, etc. must be consumed. Being a powerhouse of micro and macro nutrients along with proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc. these must be consumed in our day-to-day diet. And the best part is that they’re easily digestible and are useful for athletes who require a rapid flow of energy. It helps build strength, endurance and immunity. Thus, it helps us fight coronavirus. Research papers on same lines by Prof.Mishra are published in International journals like European Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine.

Value added products like JowarLaddoos and the innumerable benefits were brought to the masses by her. She’s conducted camps in Kheri district – ‘Tharu’ tribe areas and briefed women and kids about nutritional awareness and hygiene.

She’s worked in districts of Odisha including Koraput, Nabarangpur and Kalahandi. She conducted her post-doctoral research on food habits, mortality and morbidity of local population. She’s awarded her Doctor of Letters by CCS University, Meerut. Apart from this, she’s worked constantly on spreading nutritional awareness among tribal women. She’s raised awareness amongst the rural population about nutrition and affiliated topics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, indigenous nutritional recipes for immunity booster foods by Prof. Mishra gained immense popularity and success. We, as a nation, are consistently working towards AtmaNirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India).