The National Nutrition Week is celebrated in India from September 1 to September 7. This week aims to educate people about the importance of diet and nutrition in their life. Various organisations come forward to share diet tips for health and well-being.
A poor diet reduces overall well-being. Good nutrition will help you maintain a healthy body weight, it will strengthen the immune system and it will also provide you with energy.
Theme of National Nutrition Week 2020:
The theme for National Nutrition Week 2020 is ‘Eat Right, Bite by Bite’.
History of National Nutrition Week:
The government of India started this initiative in 1982. The aim was to encourage good health and healthy living through proper nutrition education since malnutrition is the main hurdle in National Development. The Food and Nutrition Board, including state departments of women and child development, health, and NGOs all come together to spearhead activities that promote nutrition during this week. Mass nutrition awareness campaigns are run by the governmental and non-governmental health organizations.
Importance of National Nutrition Week:
To tackle various health problems and create awareness among people about the importance of nutrition and a balanced diet, the week has been formed. Nutrition is the science or practice of consuming and utilising foods. Food provides our body with energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins, and minerals to live, grow, and function properly. Therefore, a balanced diet is important for good health and well being. It is said that an unhealthy diet increases the risk of many diet-related diseases.
The main objectives of the National Nutrition Week are to review the frequency of problems related to various diet and nutrition in different communities, to evaluate the appropriate techniques to prevent and control nutritional problems through research, to monitor the condition of the country concerning diet and nutrition, to perform operational research for planning and implementation of national nutrition programmes and make people aware through orientation training on health and nutrition.