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National Nutrition Week 2023: Date, Importance and History

National Nutrition Week is an annual observance in India that takes place from 1st to 7th September. During this week, the nation comes together to raise awareness about the significance of proper nutrition and its role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This event serves as a reminder for individuals and communities to focus on their dietary habits and overall well-being.

Importance of Nutrition

Nutrition is the science or practice of food consumption and use. Foods provide our body with energy, proteins, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. A balanced diet is therefore important for health and well-being. An unhealthy diet is said to increase the risk of many food-related illnesses.

Good nutrition is necessary because

  1. Poor nutrition will reduce well-being.
  2. Helps maintain a healthy weight
  3. Provide energy.
  4. Delays the effect of aging.
  5. Maintains the immune system
  6. A healthy diet also has a positive effect on your mood.
  7. A healthy diet prolongs life.
  8. Reduces the risk of chronic diseases.
  9. Even a healthy diet increases concentration.

History of National Nutrition Week Celebration

National Nutrition Week was launched in March 1973 by members of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) to educate the public about the message of nutrition education while promoting the profession of a dietitian. In 1980, the public was well received and the week-long celebration became a month-long festival.

In 1982, the central Indian government launched the celebration of National Nutrition Week. The campaign was launched to educate citizens about the importance of nutrition and encourage them to adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

We all know that malnutrition is one of the main obstacles to the general development of the country needed to defeat and fight it. National Nutrition Week is celebrated.

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