National Nutrition Week 2021: Theme, History, Significance and Quotes

National Nutrition Week 2021: It spreads awareness about nutrition, its importance in our lives, and how to curb the problem of malnutrition. It is celebrated from 1 to 7 September. Let us read in detail.
National Nutrition Week
National Nutrition Week

National Nutrition Week 2021: The purpose behind celebrating is to spread awareness about good nutrition, and health. Initiatives have been taken up by the government focussing on nutrition, good food, healthy body, mind, and lifestyle.

Nutrition is the science or practice of consuming and utilizing foods. A balanced diet is important for good health and well-being. 

People should include a healthy diet in their daily routine like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fat-free milk, etc. full of nutrition which not only helps in growth but also makes the immune system strong.

National Nutrition Week 2021: Theme

The theme for National Nutrition Week 2021 is "Feeding smart right from start". 

The theme for National Nutrition Week 2020 was 'Eat Right, Bite by Bite'. 

The theme for National Nutrition Week 2018 was 'Go Further with Food' and in 2017 was 'Optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices: Better Child Health'.

This time theme focuses on the main source of nutrition which should be chosen wisely and requires you to explore the nutritious food options which are provided by mother nature. Also, nutrition week propagates a holistic approach towards a healthier society one theme at a time.

National Nutrition Week: History

National Nutrition Week was initiated in March 1973 by the members of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) to deliver the nutrition education message to the public while promoting the profession of dietetics. In 1980 the public showed great response towards it and the weeklong celebration expanded to become a month-long observance.

In the year 1982 National Nutrition week celebration was started by the Central Government in India. The campaign was started to spread awareness and encourage people as a society to understand the importance of nutrition and adopt a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. We all know that malnutrition is one of the main hurdles in the overall development of the country which is necessary to overcome it and curb it National Nutrition Week is celebrated.

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Importance of Nutrition

Nutrition is the science or practice of consuming and utilising foods. Food provides our body with energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins, and minerals to live, grow, and function properly. Therefore, a balanced diet is important for good health and well-being. It is said that an unhealthy diet increases the risk of many diet-related diseases.

Good Nutrition is necessary because

- With a poor diet, well-being is reduced.

- Helps to manage a healthy weight.

- Maintains the immune system.

- Provide energy.

- Delays the effect of Ageing.

- Reduces the risk of chronic diseases.

- Healthy eating also affects your mood positively.

- A healthy diet increases life span.

- Also, a healthy diet increases focus.

Do you know that the human body requires seven major types of nutrients? All the nutrients don't provide energy but still are important like water and fiber. Even micronutrients are also important but are required in smaller amounts. The essential organic compounds are vitamins that the body cannot synthesise.

What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition is a physical state of an unbalanced nutrition level. It can be due to undernutrition or overnutrition. Do you know that undernutrition can be caused due to a lack of calories, protein, or other nutrients? On the other hand, overnutrition is eating too many calories. Someone eats more calories than their body needs and leads to a malnourished condition. Maybe they are not eating nutritious food like fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains, etc., which can result in vitamin, mineral, or protein deficiencies. Malnutrition especially in young children can lead to stunted growth, developmental delays, and more sickness due to poor immune function. It is important that malnutrition is diagnosed in a timely manner.

National Nutrition Week 2021:  Quotes

1. “Diet is the essential key to all successful healing. Without a proper balanced diet, the effectiveness of herbal treatment is very limited.” – Michael Tierra

2. "Good nutrition will prevent 95 percent of all diseases." - Linus Pauling

3. "To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

4. “Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet, but one of the most vital.” - Julia Child

5. "Diet is the essential key to all successful healing." - Joseph Raynauld Raymond

6. "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." - Jim Rohn

7. "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

8. "The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not." - Mark Twain

9. "Exercise is king, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” – Jack Lalanne

10. “When in doubt, use nutrition first.” – Roger Williams

Therefore, we can say that a balanced diet plays an important role in our life to be healthy and for that proper knowledge about nutrition is very necessary. So, to make people aware of healthy life and proper intake of diet National Nutrition Week is celebrated from 1 to 7 September every year.

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