July 10, 2018
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is all set to promote safe and healthy food, and under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, will provide a training tool kit to health workers at the proposed 1.5 lakh wellness centres for raising public awareness on the issue at the grass root levels. Also under the same movement it has developed a tool kit for health workers as well as citizens.
It aims to train frontline health workers, under the Ayushman Bharat, ASHA and Anganwadi schemes, to deliver these messages effectively to prevent non-communicable diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart ailments, and avoid food borne diseases.
The Eat Right tool kit would serve as a supplementary engagement resource to be mainstreamed in the national nutrition and public health programmes, and the focus is on preventive healthcare through social and behavioral change on eating safe and healthy food.
The tool kit has clear and simple message on eating healthy food and avoiding food with high fat, sugar and salt; and includes components on eating safe such as maintaining hygiene and sanitation and food adulteration.
FSSAI will also bring out TV commercial as well as posters to spread awareness about eating safe and healthy food. The tool kit is designed to provide food safety and nutrition messages for citizens in an interesting and engaging manner.
Under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, the government aims to open 1.5 lakh health and wellness centre by 2022, which would be equipped to treat host of diseases, including blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and old-age illness.