Weekly themes take centrestage for Poshan Maah in September

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To ensure focused & assimilated approach towards improving holistic nutrition

This year, as India celebrates the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, to ensure speedy & intensive outreach, the entire month of Septmeber has been subdivided into weekly themes for focused and assimilated approach towards improving Holistic Nutrition.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has planned a series of activities throughout the month in tandem with the States/UTs. In order to ensure community mobilization and bolster people’s participation, every year, the month of September is celebrated as POSHAN Maah across the country.

Theme 1, from Sept 1 to 7- Plantation Activity as “PoshanVatika”

Theme 2, from Sept 8 to 15- Yoga and AYUSH for Nutrition

Theme 3, from Sept 16 to 23- Distribution of ‘Regional Nutrition Kit’ to Anganwadi beneficiaries of High Burdened Districts

Theme 4, from Sept 24 to 30- Identification of SAM children and distribution of nutritious food

The wide gamut of activities during the POSHAN Maah this year will broadly focus on Plantation Drive for POSHAN VATIKA by all the stakeholders in the space available at Anganwadis, School Premises, Gram Panchayats and other places. Plantation activity will focus on planting of saplings of nutritious fruit trees, local vegetables and medicinal plants and herbs.

There will be a special drive for Height and Weight Measurement for Children (under 6 Years of Age) during the PoshanMaah. There will be Sessions on “5-minute Yoga Protocol” (Y-break or yoga break) at various workplaces for the employees of Government and corporate bodies, Awareness campaign on importance of  regional / local food, Distribution of Nutrition Kits comprising of regional nutritious food (eg.Sukadi-Gujrat, Panjiri– Punjab, Sattu– Bihar, Chikki– Maharashtra), Anaemia Camps, Drive for block wise Identification of SAM Children, Supervised Supplementary Feeding Program for SAM children as an initiative to tackle prevalence of SAM in children up to the age of 5 years, Sensitisation for Community Management of Acute Malnutrition and Distribution of nutritious food for SAM children.

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