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Welcome to The Nutrition Division

Nutrition Division is the focal point to coordinate nutrition interventions  across the country on behalf of the Ministry of Health. We also collaborate with other related ministries, Development Partners and Non-Governmental Organizations to conduct nutrition activities.

Our major responsibility is the development and implementation of nutrition related policies including National Nutrition Policy, relevant strategies and guidelines.

The Nutrition Division has worked relentlessly to serve the citizens of Sri Lanka to build a nutritionally steadfast nation.

Launching of official website of Nutrition Division

Nutrition Division is the focal point of coordination of all the nutrition related activities in the Ministry of Health. We are happy to announce the launching of our website on 10th December, 2020.

This online platform will serve as a credible information source which promotes healthful eating choices, to   a wider range of audience even beyond Sri Lanka.  In promoting healthful eating choices food based dietary Guidelines sets the foundation; the website converse FBDG messages in a more context specific simplified manner. This website will be a gateway open for community to national level experts to resolve compelling nutrition issues and obtain direct guidance.

Food Based Dietary Guidelines: culturally appropriate evidence based recommendations to establish a basis for public food and nutrition, health and agricultural policies and nutrition education programmes to foster healthy eating habits and lifestyles.
14 Guidelines
  1. Add Colour to your daily meals balancing the correct amounts.
  2. Eat parboiled or less polished rice, whole grains and their products instead of refined grains and their products.
  3. Eat at least two vegetables, one green leafy vegetables and two fruits daily.
  4. Add fish or egg or lean meat with pulses in each meal.
  5. Have fresh milk or its fermented products.
  6. Eat a handful of nuts or oily seeds daily.
  7. Limit salty foods and adding salt to food.
  8. Limit sugary drinks, biscuits, cakes, sweets and sweeteners.
  9. Water is the healthiest drink: drink 8 to 10 glasses (1.5 – 2.0 liters) throughout the day.
  10. Be active: engage in exercises at least for 20 minutes every day.
  11. Sleep 7-8 hours continuously every day.
  12. Eat clean and safe food.
  13. Eat fresh and home cooked food: limit processed and ultra-processed foods.
  14. Always read labels of packaged food.

Upcoming Programs

Upcoming programs of the Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health

Food Based Dietery Guidelines

Making Sri Lankans Have Healthy Food Choices

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