The main objective to celebrate nutrition day is to identify the importance of including fruits and vegetables in our daily life.
The National Nutrition Week (NNW) is an annual nutrition event initiated by Food and Nutrition Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. It is observed throughout the country from 1 to 7 September every year.
Nutrition is a focal point of health and well-being. It allows you to be strong,
provides you with energy to do the things and makes you look and feel good. According to WHO, “Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs”. Nutrition is an issue of survival, health and development for current and succeeding generations.
Malnutrition is defined as “a state of poor nutrition caused by insufficient or unbalanced diet”. It is one of the major health problems especially in developing countries. Malnutrition is estimated to contribute to more than one third of all child deaths .One out of three world’s malnourished children lives in India .Malnutrition has adverse effects on human health and development. It also results in loss of productivity and economic backwardness.
As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”. Good nutrition combined with a
regular physical activity is the cornerstone of good health. People with adequate nutrition are more productive. On the other hand, poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased vulnerability to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.