National Nutrition Week and National Obesity Week (NNOW) are celebrated every year from 9 – 15 October and 15 – 19 October respectively to create awareness among consumers about obesity and the importance of eating healthy.
Increasing evidence emphasizes the importance of eating healthily during the COVID-19 pandemic, not only for people who are food insecure but also for those who are overweight or obese or those who have non-communicable diseases. People who are poorly nourished are at greater risk of bacterial, viral, and other infections. Eating enough nutrients from a variety of whole foods is required for the health and function of all cells, including immune cells.
In line with the increasing evidence emphasizing the importance of having healthy eating patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme for the National Nutrition Week and National Obesity Week (NNOW) 2020 is: “Good Nutrition for Good Immunity”.
The objectives of NNOW 2020 are to:
(i) Continue to emphasise the health benefits of choosing healthy whole foods from a variety of mostly plant- based foods such as vegetables and fruit, legumes and minimally processed starchy foods.
(ii) Encourage consumers to make healthy, affordable food choices during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
(iii) Provide consumers with practical tips when planning, buying, preparing and eating food during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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