Nutri­tion plan pro­vides food for thought

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW -

The Gen­eral Of­fice of the State Coun­cil pub­lished its na­tional nutri­tion plan for 2017-30 with the goal of re­duc­ing obe­sity and ane­mia among stu­dents as well as tack­ling stunted growth af­fect­ing pupils younger than 5. The Na­tional Nutri­tion Plan (201730) calls for rais­ing nu­tri­tional aware­ness, stress­ing that nutri­tion is cru­cial to the na­tional health and qual­ity of life as well as so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. A slew of mea­sures were listed in the new plan, in­clud­ing rais­ing stan­dards of nutri­tion, per­fect­ing stud­ies on nu­tri­tional sciences and nur­tur­ing ex­per­tise. Leg­is­la­tion on nutri­tion as well as pol­icy stud­ies will be en­hanced. The plan aims to set up a com­pre­hen­sive na­tion­wide as­sess­ment sys­tem for nu­tri­tional stan­dards by 2020. At the same time, a more com­pre­hen­sive shared-data sys­tem will be es­tab­lished to ben­e­fit res­i­dents. As­sess­ment on nutri­tion and food safety will also be strength­ened through sur­veys, es­pe­cially for io­dine-re­lated nu­tri­tional plans. In ad­di­tion, data will be shared to ben­e­fit res­i­dents. Knowl­edge of nu­tri­tional health will be a par­tic­u­lar high­light, the plan said.

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