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Varanasi school celebrates Watermelon Day

A school in Varanasi organised Watermelon Day on Friday to promote consumption of the fruit and wean students away from junk food and aerated drinks.

Varanasi, May 4 : A school in Varanasi organised 'Watermelon Day' on Friday to promote consumption of the fruit and wean students away from junk food and aerated drinks.

Juicy melons were cut into slices, which were then offered to the children. The event sought to create awareness among children about the properties of melon, a fruit known to beat the heat in harsh summer months.

"Watermelons are easily available in the summer season. The children love it. We are also celebrating 'red colour day' today that is why we have chosen watermelon to celebrate the occasion," said Monica Xavier, a teacher at the school.

Parents approved of the concept, saying it helped children get out of the craze for junk food.

"Today is Watermelon Day. Watermelons are very good for children because they contain a lot of water. Today's generation of children only want fast food. They pay very little attention towards fruits. Watermelon contains about 70 percent water and that takes care of the child's water content in the body (during these hot months)," said Veena Yadav, a parent.

Children devoured the watermelon slices enthusiastically and said the event was educative.

"Our teacher has said that eating watermelon will make us healthier. It is a very cooling fruit to eat during summers," said Anirudh, a student.

Watermelons are an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C; and are known to contain fibre and potassium. The fruit contains about 90 percent of water, thus making it highly beneficial during summer months.

Apart from the value of its water-content, watermelons have medicinal values with strong diuretic effect.

The oil obtained from its seeds is used to cure people suffering from high blood pressure, while its pulp is used as facemask as a remedy for sunburn effects.

Watermelons are also said to be rich on lycopene, which is known to prevent various types of cancers.

The fruit is also recommended for dieting individuals, as it is fat and calorie free.

ANI

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