National Protein Day: 27 February
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'National Protein Day' is celebrated every year on 27 February in the country. Right to Protein, a national level public health initiative, organised the first ever Protein Day in India on February 27, 2020.
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The main purpose of organising this day is to spread awareness regarding the nutritional benefits of protein.
Requirement of protein in human body:
Protein strengthens the body's immunity, and the body is able to function smoothly.
A normal person needs to take at least 45 to 60 grams of protein per day. We should take 0.8 to 1 gram of protein per kg, according to our weight.
The Government of India has been making efforts to spread awareness about the importance of nutrition for quite some time now, some of the major initiatives taken for this are as follows:
It is a flagship program of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.
POSHAN Abhiyaan (POSHAN: Prime Minister's Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) was launched in March 2018 from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.
The main objective of this campaign is to meet the nutritional needs of pregnant women, mothers and children. Apart from this, its goal is also to remove anaemia in children and women.
This program is related to Anganwadi Service, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Janani Suraksha Yojana, National Health Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission, Public Distribution System, MNREGA.
National Nutrition Month:
The main objective of this program is to spread awareness about antenatal care, breastfeeding and anaemia, and the importance of nutrition, hygiene and right age of marriage for the girl child.
It is organised by various Ministries of the Central Government, mainly NITI Aayog, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation etc.
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