National Nutrition Week- Health is not about the weight you loose, Its about the life you gain


Health is not about the weight you loose, Its about the life you gain.


Today’s many people can be aware of their food groups and balanced diet from which they can get good nutritious things. A healthy food include the whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fat-free milk or milk products, meats, fish, nuts, seeds and etc. The objective of the National Nutrition Week is to enhance the nutritional practice awareness among people of the community through the adoptable training, timely education, seminars, different competitions, road shows and many other campaigns and to make a healthy Nation.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will observe National Nutrition Week from 1st September to 7th September, 2017. The main theme of this Week is Optimal Infant & Young Child feeding Practices (IYCF): Better Child Health.” During this period, a week-long campaign is also being carried out to create mass awareness about the importance of appropriate nutrition in protection and promotion of health and wellbeing of children.



For promotion of Optimum IYCF practices, MoHFW has launched MAA – “Mothers Absolute Affection” this programme improve breastfeeding coverage and appropriate breastfeeding practices in the country.

Around 3.7 lakhs ASHAs and around 82,000 healthworkers including programme managers at district and block level, doctors (MOs), staff nurses (SNs) and ANMs have been sensitized for breastfeeding promotion strategies under MAA programme and more than 23,000 health facility staffs (MOs, SNs and ANMs) are trained in IYCF training. 

Breastfeeding is an important, efficient and cost-effective intervention promoting child survival and health. Breastfeeding within an hour of birth could prevent 20% of the newborn deaths, Infants who are not breastfed are 15 times more likely to die from pnuemonia (lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection) and 11 times more likely to die from diarrhoea than children who are exclusively breastfed, which are two leading causes of death in children under-five years of age.



In this week large numbers of State, district and village level activities are being organized. They have organised lecture cum demonstration on low cost nutritious recipes for grassroots level functionaries. Mini exhibition like on nutrition displaying low cost nutritious diets for different age groups will also be organized at grassroots level. Also awareness generation on weight management and its importance through Body Mass Index will be held for young boys and girls. 

Looking at the government initiatives in past few years, one of the major changes would be the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in September 2013 that made ‘right to food’ a legal entitlement for approximately three-fourth of the rural population and half of the urban population of India. It brings four existing programmes under one umbrella to provide food and nutritional security, that is, the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), the Mid Day Meal (MDM) programme and the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY). The government also organises National Nutrition Week every year in the first week of September to raise awareness on the diet issue.

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