National Nutrition Week (NNW) is observed in India from 1st to 7thSeptember every year. It mainly focuses to highlight the causes, effects and counter measures of malnutrition.
NNW aims is to create awareness on the importance of nutrition for health and well-being of nation. It directly relates to human resource development, productivity, economic growth and ultimately national development.
Malnutrition is defined as "a state of poor nutrition caused by insufficient or unbalanced diet". It impacts on health problems especially in developing countries. Malnutrition has adverse effects on human health & development.
Malnutrition is a complex phenomenon and its cause & effect can be due to poverty & ill health, which can be linked with illiteracy, lack of safe drinking water & proper sanitation, ignorance, lack of awareness and ill health.
Back in 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”Good nutrition should be included in daily diet for overall healthy lifestyle, which also includes regular exercise, avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively, stress management and limiting exposure to environmental hazards.
According to WHO, "Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs". By maintaining good nutrition, while doing proper regular physical activity is the basis of good health.
It is found that healthy children learn better and people with adequate nutrition are more productive. While poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased vulnerability to disease, impaired physical & mental development, and reduced productivity.
If proper education on health & nutrition is provided, then by having a good nutrition, the outcome can be healthy individuals, which eventually leads to a healthy nation.
- Eat fresh foods which have specific nutrients - proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.
- Limit intake of processed foods.
- Eat raw fruits & vegetables whenever possible.
- Don't cut, wash or soak fruits & vegetables until you are ready to eat them.
- Try to avoid fast food.
- Eat seafood at least twice a week.
- Sip on low-fat milk, water and 100-percent fruit & vegetable juice.
- Limit consumption of sugar & unhealthy processed foods.
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Note – This information has been taken from different internet sources.