September 1, 2016
National Nutrition Week
“You become what you eat.”
National Nutrition week is celebrated every from 1st to 7th September every year. The main aim for celebration of this week is to create awareness on importance of Nutrition for health.
National Nutrition week is a central government initiative started in 1982 to promote awareness and good health through nutrition education. The need for spreading awareness of nutrition arose because a large population of India especially children and women don’t get food supply due to poverty, illiteracy and lack of awareness.
A state of poor nutrition caused by unbalanced or improper diet is called Malnutrition. It is one of the major health problem faced by developing countries. 3,000 children die daily because of malnutrition in India. In India 44% of children under age of 5 are underweight, 72% of infants and 52% of married women have anaemia. Malnutrition during pregnancy causes child to have increased risk of future diseases.
Malnutrition has adverse effects on human health because of which productivity decreases.
What we eat daily defines our health and fitness in the long run.
So, why not eat Nutritious. To keep diseases at bay and stay fit, one should eat right.
One should have proper nutrients in his/her diet that includes proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals which is necessary for growth, body function and tissue repair. Infants should be given breast milk because it contains adequate amount of proteins, fats, calories, lactose, vitamins, iron, mineral and enzymes which helps to build immunity in infants.
Eat fresh food, eat raw fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Avoid snacks and fast food.
Let’s make people aware about nutrition and its importance.