Tracking nutrition and health status of Indians
As for milk and milk products, only 8.7% in rural and 14.3% of the population in urban areas consumed as per the recommended intakes.
Hyderabad: City-based Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR-NIN) has initiated ‘Mapping of nutrition and health status – A national level participatory real-time data generation programme’ to develop a mobile-based device to be used by nutrition researchers at district level nationwide during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The mapping will be done region-wise simultaneously in collaboration with the Nutrition Society of India (NSI) and this platform will be used to collect data in future periodically too. “This will help us develop food-based strategies through inter-ministerial convergences for ensuring food and nutrition security. It includes data generation through crowdsourcing using ICMR-NIN web portal as a platform,” said NIN director R. Hemalatha.
She was speaking at the release of ‘Nutrient Requirements for Indians’ and ‘What India Eats’ report by Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan in the presence of ICMR chief Balram Bhargava in Delhi on Monday.
‘What India Eats’ had revealed a majority of the population consumed lower than recommended levels of pulses, legumes, milk, nuts and vegetables while consumption of cereals and millets was higher than recommended levels.
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The Hindu, 30 September, 2020, https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/tracking-nutrition-and-health-status-of-indians/article32727237.ece?homepage=true