Posted: Friday, June 9, 2023. 8:45 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) launched the National Nutrition Policy 2022-2023.
The Ministry says that it recognizes the urgent need for a comprehensive approach to nutrition.
The document was developed with the commitment and input of stakeholders, including the ministries of Health and Wellness and Education, the Nutrition and Food Security Commission, civil society, non-government organizations, and regional and international organizations.
The Ministry noted that it received substantial contributions from the European Union, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Institute for Nutrition for Central America and Panama.
“This policy aims to improve Belize’s nutrition approach and to promote healthier lifestyles for Belizeans. The overall goal is to enhance the population’s nutritional status by reducing malnutrition, promoting healthy eating habits, and forming a multi-sectoral approach to ensure access to safe and nutritious food. This policy will strengthen Belize’s nutrition and food security regulatory and operational framework. Strategies from this policy include creating enabling environments, capacity building, public awareness, and intersectoral collaboration, which the MOHW will integrate into its nutrition activities and plans,” the Ministry stated.
The Ministry reiterated that the implementation of the National Nutrition Policy highlights the commitment to improve health and prevent illness to ensure a healthier population and country.
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