National Nutrition Week 2016

So much nutrition advice is centred on what we need to eat less of, but when it comes to pulses – dry beans, peas and lentils – the message is about eating more! This year, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has declared that 2016 is the ‘International Year of Pulses’, promoting pulses as nutritious seeds for a sustainable future.
Every year South Africa celebrates National Nutrition Week from 9 to 15 October, and aligning to the FAO, this year’s campaign is ‘Love your beans – eat dry beans, peas and lentils!’ which echoes the country’s food-based dietary guideline to ‘eat dry beans, split peas, lentils and soya regularly’. View 2016 Guidelines


National Nutrition Week 2015

How can we improve eating practices at the workplace to contribute to achieving optimal nutrition status for all South Africans? Unhealthy workplace eating behaviour is believed to be playing a role in South Africa’s burgeoning obesity problem. The 2012 South African Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES) showed local obesity levels have skyrocketed. The prevalence of overweight and obesity combined is now 65% for females and 31% for males.
This year’s National Nutrition Week (9 to 15 October 2015) is focusing on “Healthy Eating in the workplace”, aiming to encourage employees to make healthy food choices at the office, and employers and corporate food providers to make healthy meals easily available in the workplace. View 2015 Guidelines


National Nutrition Week 2014

Due to South Africa’s rising obesity epidemic National Nutrition Week 2014, which runs from the 9th to the 15th October, will focus on raising awareness of the importance of portion control.
Statistics show that increasing numbers of South Africans are overweight or obese, with the problem at its worst among adult women and preschool children. ‘Choose your portion with caution!’ will be the central message for National Nutrition Week. View 2014 Guidelines


National Nutrition Week 2013

Due to South Africa’s rising obesity epidemic National Nutrition Week 2013, which runs from the 9th to the 15th October, will focus on raising awareness of the importance of portion control.
Statistics show that increasing numbers of South Africans are overweight or obese, with the problem at its worst among adult women and preschool children. ‘Eat less – choose your portion with caution!’ will be the central message for National Nutrition Week. View 2013 Guidelines

National Nutrition Week 2012

National Nutrition Week 2012

With a growing number of South Africans at risk of diet-related non-communicable diseases,
National Nutrition Week 2012 which runs from
9-15 October 2012,
will drive awareness that healthy eating is a key component of a healthy lifestyle.

People will also be encouraged to use the newly developed Food Guide and the recently updated Guidelines for Healthy Eating to learn more about the best choices for their healthy eating plans.


National Pregnancy Week 2012

National Pregnancy Week, 12-18 February, is a nutrition education and awareness campaign supported by Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA). Registered dietitians are trained to provide up to date, relevant and accurate information on nutrition, food and health.

The week long campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of optimum nutrition prior to, during and after pregnancy.

National Pregnancy Week provides the opportunity to remind the public and the media to turn to credible sources for relevant, science based information on food and nutrition.


National Nutrition week

National Nutrition Week 2011

National nutrition week is a nutrition education and awareness campaign arranged annually by a number of partners.

The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of actions to promote optimum nutrition through best food choices for health.

National nutrition week also reminds the public and the media to turn to credible sources for relevant, science based information on food and nutrition.