The right nutrition is the most important factor that determines the well being of a person. Undoubtedly, it will help any individual to achieve good health necessary for growth and development. Hence, in order to make the common people aware of the importance of nutrition, we celebrate the National Nutrition Week every year starting from 1st of September through 7th of September. In a country like India, where millions of people are still malnourished, creating a consciousness regarding the necessary nutrients by our body is going to create big changes. However, even if the change doesn’t happen overnight, it is bound to occur slowly and steadily. So as the first and baby step towards achieving this big goal, we must put in our efforts for the proper observance of the National Nutrition Week. With this being said, let us read all about National Nutrition Week 2021 in this article!
National Nutrition Week 2022
One of the major purposes of observing any important day is to raise an awareness amongst the people to bring a change, however small it may be. Likewise, to educate people about the need for the right nutrients for the growth, development and well being of an individual. Apart from delivering nutrition literacy to the common people, the celebration of National Nutrition Week aims to promote nutritionists and their profession.
In India, National Nutrition Week is observed from 1st September to 07th September. During the entire week, efforts are made by the Government and related people to raise and spread awareness about the right nutrition. To be exact, only a healthy body creates a healthy human. Therefore, it is essential and important to educate people about the importance of Nutrition.
Definition of Nutrition
Before finding ways to observe or celebrate the National Nutrition Week one must be aware of the term ‘Nutrition’.
In simple words, nutrition can be defined as the process of obtaining or acquiring the food essential for one’s growth and development. In a more elaborate way, nutrition is defined as the physiological and biochemical process that an organism undergoes in order to use the food for meeting the energy needs.
The process of nutrition is not a one staged one. In fact it involves a number of different stages that take place sequentially. The major steps involved in nutrition are:
As far as most of the animals and humans are considered, there are seven different nutrients that play a vital role in the growth and development. They are listed below:
- Dietary fiber
History of National Nutrition Week
As a matter of fact, Nutrition Week was first observed in the United States of America by the American Dietetic Association. The organization which is now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics observed the National Nutrition Week for the first time in 1973. The main purpose of this celebration was to educate the masses about the importance of Nutrition as well as strengthen the role of nutritionists across the globe.
Later, following the lead set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Indian Government dedicated an entire week as National Nutrition Week. This clearly brought major changes in the mindset of people in a country like ours, where poverty and malnutrition are major setbacks.
National Nutrition Week 2022 Theme
As is known to us, we celebrate National Nutrition Day with many social campaigns and innovative programs from September 1st to September 7th every year. However, each year, the celebrations revolve around a definite theme so as to improve the efficiency of the observance of National Nutrition Week. In this section of the article, let us check out the National Nutrition Day Theme for 2021 and the previous years.
|2021||Feed smart right from the start!|
|2020||‘Eat Right, Bite by Bite’|
|2019||‘Har Ghar Poshan Vyavahar’|
|2018||‘Go Further with Food’|
|2017||“Optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices: Better Child Health”.|
|2016||“Life cycle approach for better Nutrition”|
|2015||“Developmental Key: Good Nutrition”.|
|2014||“Aahar our Poshak Desh ka Aadhar”.|
|2013||“Dinnertime Project – Eat, Cook and Enjoy”.|
|2012||“Key for the Healthy Nation – Awareness of Nutrition”.|
|2011||“Eat Right with Color”|
National Nutrition Week Quotes
Here are some of the well said quotations by famous personalities regarding nutrition and related celebrations. Check them out.
- “The doctors of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison
- “Diet is the essential key to all successful healing. Without a proper balanced diet, the effectiveness of herbal treatment is very limited.” – Michael Tierra
- “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” – G.K. Chesterton
- “Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet, but one of the most vital.” – Julia Child
- “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – La Rochefoucald
- “Exercise is king, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” – Jack Lalanne
- “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” —Jim Rohn
- “ Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are our gardeners.” – William Shakespeare
- “ 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
- “ 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
- “When in doubt, use nutrition first.” – Roger Williams
- “ I’m a product of good nutrition, cutting edge supplementation and hard training, and I’m an old guy.” – Warren Cuccurullo
- “ If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have the safest way to health.” – Hippocrates
- “Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley
- “Processed foods not only extend the shelf life, but they extend the waistline as well.” – Karen Sessions
National Nutrition Week Activities
As a part of the National Nutrition Day Celebrations, an array of activities are organized within different organizations and institutions of the country. Let us check out some of the major ones here.
Take part in the Government events
The Food and Nutrition Board under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, organizes various programmes as a part of the National Nutrition Week Celebrations. Spread across the 30 states and union territories of India, there are 43 Community Food and Nutrition Extension Units (CFNEUs) that organize workshops, campaigns, orientation training, community meetings, etc to spread the word about the importance of nutrition. So, be a part of any one such event and fulfill your obligations.
Donate Meals to the Needy
If you are one such person who is fortunate enough to spare some amount from your pocket to help the poor and needy in your locality, then there is no bigger charity than this. Cook or buy a wholesome and nutritious meal and distribute it among those in need.
Use Social Media to spread the word
Today, as everything is online, make the most out of this opportunity and spread the word about the importance of eating right and the necessity of nutritious diet in our daily life. Use hashtags that will help to circulate the news about the National Nutrition Week awareness programs, attend virtual workshops that stresses the need for the right nutrition and click pictures based on the theme of the celebration. Remember, your little gesture will add up to make big changes eventually.
Organize an Exhibition
Accumulate the people in your locality and think of organizing an exhibition that will help to showcase various low cost diet and nutrition programmes. This way, a large number of people will be educated on the topic and will benefit the people of different age groups.
Organize competitions at schools
Various competitions like poster designing, slogan writing, quiz, puppet shows, rallies, street plays, etc can be organized at school level to create awareness in the minds of young children. If the young people are successfully educated, it will result in a better tomorrow for the country itself.
Support an NGO
When you look at around your locality, there are plenty of Non Government Organizations that serve the poor and needy people. So, this time, pledge yourself to support an NGO and involve in all of its major activities. By this, you will get exposure and experience of dealing with the deprived.
As we are getting closer to celebrating the National Nutrition Week, let us pledge to take the best possible measure to spread awareness. When each individual does his/her part towards educating the masses about the need for proper nutrition, then the ultimate goal of celebrating the National Nutrition Week shall be achieved easily. Eat healthy and Stay healthy! A Happy National Nutrition Week to all our readers!