National nutrition week 2017

The National Nutrition week (NNW) is observed every year in the country from 1st to 7th September. It was conceived by the Food and Nutrition Board in 1982 as an annual event. The basic objective of NNW is to intensify awareness generation on the importance of national health which has an impact on development, productivity, economic growth and ultimately, development of the nation.

Children dressed as fruits and vegetables for a fancy dress event.
Children dressed as fruits and vegetables for a fancy dress event.
An educational session with mothers in Burhanpur
An educational session with mothers in Burhanpur
Session on food preparation through locally available produce.
An educational session with mothers in Burhanpur

This year’s theme was "Optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices: Better Child Health".
Our teams in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh organized activities and community sessions to highlight various facets of child health.
While more than 1200 mothers and adolescent girls in Burhanpur and Dhar (Madhya Pradesh) enthusiastically participated in group discussions on food choices, cooking demonstrations and video lessons; young children in Govandi dressed up as their favourite fruits and vegetables and learned about their nutritional importance. This was followed by a street play witnessed by close to 300 local community members on the importance of a good diet in the early years of a child.

The Junk Food Monster in Palghar, Maharashtra.
The Junk Food Monster in Palghar, Maharashtra.

The local community in Palghar was paid a visit by the “Junk Food Monster” to spread awareness on the health risks associated with junk food and the importance of healthy eating. Close to 300 children and adults stood enthralled as the monster sounded his pearls of wisdom on wholesome nutrition.

Children dressed as fruits and vegetables for a fancy dress event.
Children dressed as fruits and vegetables for a fancy dress event at our centre in govandi, Mumbai.
Our staff organizing a street play on nutrition at Govandi, Mumbai
Our staff organizing a street play on nutrition at Govandi, Mumbai
Children at a school in Baran, Rajasthan involved in drawing healthy food items.

Not the ones to be left behind, more than 600 children from various schools in Baran – Rajasthan, engaged in a quiz competition on eating habits, poster making and mixed learning with play during the educational board game on nutrition.

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