National Nutrition Week 2022 Theme, Poster,Images, Activities India , Celebrated on September:
The National Nutrition Week is observed every year from 1st-to-7th September all across the country. ‘Go Further With Food’ is the theme for this year’s Nutritional Week to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition for health and well-being.
While leading unhealthy lifestyle, most of us think that dieting is the solution but let us tell you, eating a ‘balanced diet’ is important for good health. You need to get the basics right to make sure that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
Giving you an example, when you exercise or aim for weight loss, you should structure your diet plan accordingly. Consuming the right food to fuel your body before exercising becomes necessary there.
India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and our government is running one of the largest anti-malnutrition programs. Despite this, the nutritional status of our children doesn’t paint a beautiful picture. Indian children are dealing with one of the world’s worst levels of malnutrition. As per the most recent available data, roughly 40% of children under five are stunted and 21% of children under five are severely wasted or undernourished. We know that a well-nourished child is likely to have better immunity, fall sick less often, perform better in school and grow to become productive adults. On the other hand, undernourished children, who usually belong to the poor socio-economic classes, get trapped in a vicious cycle of poor health and poverty.
Importance Of Feeding Smart, Right From The Start
The key feature of feeding smart is to confer optimal nutrition to the new-born in the first two years of life – early and exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding for two years or more, along with nutritionally adequate, hygienic, and age-appropriate complementary feeding starting from 6 months are crucial to prevent stunting in infants and early childhood and halt the cycle of undernutrition.
Need For Complementary Feeding
From six months onwards the nutrients and energy demand of the infants begins to exceed than what is given by breast milk, hence complementary foods or weaning the child is essential to meet this increasing need.
Principles for appropriate complementary feeding include:
- Continue frequent, on-need breastfeeding until 2 years of age or beyond.
- Feed infants slowly and patiently, motivates them to eat but do not force them and always engage with the child and maintain eye contact.
- Follow good hygiene and proper food handling methods.
- Start with small amounts of food initially and increase gradually as the child gets older.
- Slowly modify food consistency and add variety
- Increase the feed as per age of the infants: 2-3 meals per day for infants 6-8 months of age and 3-4 meals per day for infants 9-23 months of age, with 1-2 additional snacks as needed.
- Choose fortified complementary foods o supplements as needed and during any illness, increase fluid intake including continued breastfeeding and other soft easily digestible foods.
Healthy Eating Tips For Kids
True, healthy eating habits start at home; hence it is pivotal to give your child healthy and nutritious food for their growth and development. It is also important to provide your child with adequate information about good eating practices , which can ultimately help the child make healthy food choices.
Follow Some Of These Measures:
- Try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit with easy reach on the kitchen table and offer fruit as a snack or if the child is still hungry after meals.
- Ensure to stock your pantry and fridge with an array of wholesome and nutritious options, instead of storing junk foods.
- Incorporate fruit and vegetables of varied colours, textures, and tastes. The more variety there is, the more chance for the child to find something interested to eat.
- Make your kid involved in planning and preparing meals, if the child has helped to make the meal, this will make kid to more likely to enjoy the meal and eat it.
- Make sure to have healthy meals as a family as often as possible.
- Switch the TV off while eating, as this would help the child to focus on food available on the plate and make healthy food choices.