Nutrition Helpline

NUTRITION AWARENESS HELPLINE

Nutrition and health are two sides of the same coin and are therefore, inseparable. While good health is the ultimate objective of nutrition, nutrition is one of the vital inputs for good health.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India has planned to initiate a vigorous awareness campaign on “Nutrition for Better Health” by conceiving a Toll-Free Nutrition helpline as an innovative intervention for improving the awareness on nutrition.

Nutrition Awareness is increasingly being recognized as an important indicator of development at national and international levels. It is well established that “Nutrition Wellbeing” of the population is considered as an economic asset and an important pre-requisite for national development.

Since nutrition awareness is the only long term sustainable strategy to combat malnutrition in the country, particularly among children , it needs to be intensified at all levels, i.e., from literate to illiterate, from high income groups to low income groups and from farmer to a professional, as we find that nutritional imbalances are prevalent in all age groups of different walks of life which is resulting in different kinds of problems relating to health, particularly in young generation which will affect later in life and the generations to come may suffer the consequences of malnutrition.

The Helpline will be piloted in Delhi and NCR region and later extend to pan India. Dissemination of information verbally on important issues like correct norms on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices, Importance of Breastfeeding, Importance of Colostrum - to strengthen immune system against infections, Importance of micronutrients, consequences of nutritional deficiencies, diet counselling , nutritious recipes, conservation of nutrients while cooking, nutrition for adolescent girls, etc. will be broadcasted telephonically.

The intervention “Helpline on Nutrition Awareness” for better health with a toll free number would help in conveying nutrition messages to the masses and answers to queries in their local language and shall result in achieving greater nutritional awareness in the country.

 Toll Free number: 1800-11-16-06
Operating Hours 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Monday through Friday