Every year from 1 to 7 September, the National Nutrition Week is celebrated in India, to generate mass awareness about the need for pursuing nutrition and inculcate habits of healthy eating.
National Nutrition Week 2021: Theme
- This year’s theme for National Nutrition Week is ‘Feeding Smart Right from Start’.
- The union government has launched a programme for disseminating accurate information to generate public awareness by tapping into seminars and workshops.
National Nutrition: The Approach
Focus of the Poshan 2.0
- The POSHAN Abhiyaan aims to make India a malnutrition-free country by 2022.
- The mission POSHAN 2.0 focuses on strengthening nutritional content, outreach, delivery, and outcomes by developing practices that improve health, wellness, and immune response to disease and malnutrition.
- The focus is on the 1,000 days between a mother’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday, prioritising women and girls, and addressing their nutritional deficiencies through fortification and provision of take-home rations.
- It focuses on informing about the benefits of a nutritional diet, from the stage of birth by driving various initiatives.
Items for Box
- The Global Hunger Index (2020) — which is calculated on the basis of total undernourishment of the population, child stunting, wasting and child mortality — places India at the 94th spot among 107 countries.
- According to UNICEF’s data on India, nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernutrition.
Child malnutrition in India
Related Government Initiatives
- Anemia Mukt Bharat Abhiyan
- Mid-day Meal (MDM) scheme
- The National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013
- Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)