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.

National Nutrition Month - Jun2 2024

National Nutrition Month – June 2024
“Healthy Food; Our Right”: Consumer Empowerment for Healthy Food

National Nutrition Month - 2024 will be declared in June 2024 under the theme “Healthy Food; Our Right”: Consumer Empowerment for Healthy Food, with special emphasis on protecting the consumers’ right to healthy food.
The prevalence of overweight, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases have been rising alarmingly in the recent past. The existing food environment plays a major role in this situation, with people making unhealthy food choices in their day-to-day lives. Heavy marketing by the ultra-processed food and beverage industry coupled with the consumers’ lack of awareness on identifying ‘healthy’ foods creates a food environment that caters to the development of these unhealthy conditions. Therefore, two main action areas have been identified for the National Nutrition Month 2024 under the theme “Healthy Food; Our Right”: Consumer Empowerment for Healthy Food.

1. The Consumers’ Right to know what is in their food.
2. Protecting children’s right to a Healthy Food Environment

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 whole grains and their products including less polished or parboiled rice, instead of refined grains and products.
  3. Eat at least two vegetables, one green leafy vegetables and two fruits daily.
  4. Eat fish or egg or lean meat with pulses in every 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 moderate physical activity at least for 150 - 300 minutes every week.
  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

What is the body mass index (BMI)?

The body mass index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out whether your weight is healthy.  BMI is calculated by dividing an adults’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared.  For example, A BMI of 25 means 25kg/m2. Read More