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National Nutrition Week
Posted on Sep 07, 2017

National Nutrition Week is celebrated from the 1st of September to the 7th of September to make the people focus on the Nutrition for their better Health. National Nutrition Week is used to make the people get full knowledge about the Nutrition and its Importance for the Human Body. Everyone should get better Health for their better living. One has to make sure to perform every task with proper Health for its quick and better results.

People are used of carrying out their tasks for the betterment and welfare of the society. Nutrition is very important for the Human Body due to which everyone can carry out their work properly and accurately. There are some people in India which are still Malnourished and require proper diet for their better Body Growth. The government has organized many of the Seminars and Camps to provide proper Education to every Child and Citizen in the country. Every Child in India should grow better without any problem of Nutrition.

People are very curious today to make their Body grow to work better and more in their Companies. They are used to eat many of the supplements as well as Healthy Diet to get all the Important Nutrition for their better Health. So it is quite important for the society to create a better attitude towards the Health. It is very necessary for the society to get every Important Nutrition to their Body to work quickly and properly.

It is very tough to maintain the Body when people work more than their Limits. It is useful to eat a better diet than to eat Junk foods which are made outside the House to keep the Body maintain and also to grow better. It is very easy to get a proper Health of a person when he/she gets a proper Diet in their Daily life. So it is helpful for every people to eat that type of Food which can provide better Nutrition to their Body.

"Optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices: Better Child Health" is the theme of National Nutrition Week - 2017. Good nutrition during infancy and early childhood allows children to grow, develop, learn, play, participate and contribute to society in their later life, while malnutrition tend to impair cognitive ability, physical development, immune function and increased risk of diseases (such as diabetes and heart diseases) in the later life.

While malnutrition can manifest in multiple ways, the ultimate aim is to free all children from malnutrition in all its forms. However, many infants and children do not receive optimal feeding. Important measures to promote better child health through optimal infant and young child feeding practices are following-

(a) Adequate maternal nutrition before and during pregnancy and lactation

(b) Promotion of breast feeding by-

  • Early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months of life
  • Continue breastfeeding during illness

(c) Proper and safe complementary foods at 6 months together with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

Complementary feeding

Breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet the nutritional requirement of infants around the age of 6 months, therefore other foods and liquids are needed, along with breast milk. The transition from exclusive breastfeeding to introduction of family foods is referred as complementary feeding. It covers a period of 6 months to 24 months of age.

This is a crucial period of growth during which nutrient deficiencies and illnesses deliver higher rates of under nutrition among children who less than five years of age.

Healthy tips for complementary feeding-

  • Complementary feeding should be done timely from 6 month onwards, all infants should start receiving foods in addition to breast milk, initially 2-3 times a day between 6-8 months, increasing to 3-4 times regularly between 9-11 months and 12-24 months with additional nutritious snacks offered 1-2 times per day.
  • Complementary foods should be given in proper amounts, frequency, consistency and using a variety of foods to cover the nutritional needs of the growing child while maintaining breastfeeding.
  • Foods should be prepared and given in a safe manner with appropriate way include foods are of appropriate texture for the age of the child and applying responsive feeding following the principles of psycho-social care.

Responsive feeding

Feeding young infants requires active care and stimulation, where the care giver is responsive to the child clues for hunger and also encourages the child to eat. This is referred as active or responsive feeding.

(d) A healthy environment including access to basic services and opportunities for physical activity

Malnutrition is a multi-faceted problem therefore, it needs a multi-pronged approach. Different sectors such as Health and Family Welfare, Women & Child Development (through ICDS), School Education, Rural Development, Panchayat Raj, Food Safety and Standards Authority, and Agriculture & Allied Sectors are rendering their assistance and co-operation in promoting nutrition for better child health.

Today due to the change in the Climatic Condition, each and every people require various Nutrients for their Better health. Due to the Sunlight, Many of the Important Nutrients are thrown out the people's Body. Nutrients are most important for every people to work in a better manner. Due to sunlight, many people get tired by the loss of Important Nutrients from their Body. So It is Important for all the people to eat a lot of Food with a lot of Water in the Summer Season to restore all the energy which is thrown out by the Body.

Written by : Lazoi Team
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