The Theme for National Nutrition Week 2022 is “Celebrate a World of Flavors”
In India, the National Nutrition Week is observed every year from September 1 to September 7 to raise public awareness about nutrition and healthy eating habits among the Indian public. The week is observed to make people understand the importance of nutritional and adaptive eating habits so that they can maintain a healthy lifestyle free of illness. Unfortunately, India has some of the highest rates of malnutrition especially among children and although the situation has improved drastically through various government programs in recent times but still there is a long way to go.
In 1975, the members of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), now called as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, started the National Nutrition Week in March in the United States. It was observed to raise public awareness about the value of good nutrition in life but also to promote the profession of dietitians among the people as they were often neglected as a profession.
Inspired by the US government, the Indian government decided to start its own National Nutrition Week for the same purpose of educating individuals about the importance of nutrition and to encourage them towards adopting a healthy lifestyle. As a result the National Nutrition Week campaign was launched for the first time in India in 1982 and since then the Indian government has been initiating programmers for the welfare of people and aiming at eliminating malnutrition.
The main objectives of the National Nutrition Week are:
- To process the intake of food for growth, metabolism, and repair
- To create awareness on the importance of proper nutrients
- To create awareness on the importance and role of the right nutrition for the body
Thus to increase its efforts towards eradicating malnutrition and to promote healthy lifestyle among the Indians, the government of India have launched various initiatives in recent times like Poshan Abhiyan for creating awareness regarding healthy issues and Fit India Movement for encouraging people to remain fit and healthy.
It should be our aim to at least try to be healthy if not perfectly healthy. From the busy schedule one should still be able to make sure to eat healthy which is good for the physical as well as mental wellbeing.
“Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine.” – Bernard Jensen