National Nutrition Week

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National Nutrition Week is observed every year from 1st September to 7th September by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


  • It is an annual nutrition program launched by the Food and Nutrition Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
  • The main objective of celebrating Nutrition Week is to raise awareness on the importance of nutrition for better health, which has an impact on growth, productivity, economic growth and ultimately national development.

  • The theme of National Nutrition Week 2022 is 'Celebrate World of Flavour' by the Government of India.

Background :

  • National Nutrition Week was first organised in March 1975 by members of the American Dietetic Association, now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to raise public awareness of the need for nutrition education as well as to promote the profession of dietitians.

  • After this, in the year 1982, India adopted this new mode and decided to start National Nutrition Week every year from 1 to 7 September.

National Nutrition Mission (Poshan Abhiyaan) :

  • It was launched in 2018 by the Government of India with the aim of tackling the malnutrition problem prevalent in India.

  • Its objective is to reduce the level of under-nutrition and also enhance the nutritional status of children in the country.

  • Its goal is to remove malnutrition from the country by 2022.

  • It improves nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Aims :

  • To reduce stunting and wasting by 2% a year (total 6% until 2022) among children.

  • to reduce anaemia by 3% a year (total 9%) among children, adolescent girls and pregnant women and lactating mothers.

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