National Nutrition Week 2018: Theme & History

Nutrition is the science or practice of consuming and utilising foods. Balanced diet is important for good health and well being. So, to make people aware about nutrition and its importance in our life and to curb the problem of malnutrition National Nutrition Week is celebrated every year from 1st September to 7 September. Let us study about the theme of 2018, its history etc.
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National Nutrition Week 2018: Theme and History
National Nutrition Week 2018: Theme and History

National Nutrition Week is observed every year from 1st September to 7th September to aware people about the importance of nutrition for the Human Body and well being of health. People should include a healthy diet in their daily routine like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fat-free milk etc. with full of nutrition which not only helps in growth but also make immune system strong.

National Nutrition Week 2018: Theme

The theme for National Nutrition Week 2018 is '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 with by mother nature. Also, nutrition week propagates a holistic approach towards a healthier society by 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 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 the 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 to 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 healthy weight.

- Maintains immune system.

- Provide energy.

- Delays the effect of Ageing.

- Reduces the risk of chronic diseases.

- Healthy eating also affects your mood positively.

- Healthy diet increases life span.

- Also, 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 fibre. 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 unbalanced nutrition level. It can be due to undernutrition or overnutrition. Do you know that undernutrition can be caused due to lack of calories, protein or other nutrients? On the other hand overnutrition is eating too much calories. Someone eats more calories than their body needs and leads to the malnourished condition. May be 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.

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 about healthy life and proper intake of diet National Nutrition Week is celebrated from 1 to 7 September every year.

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