Nutrition Health & Wellness

Nutrition, health and wellness are closely related concepts that influence each other. Nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Health is the state of being free from illness or injury. Wellness is an active process of growth and change to reach your fullest health and well-being.

Nutrition affects health in many ways. For example, a balanced diet can provide the macro and micronutrients to live, grow and function properly. On the other hand, a poor diet can increase the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

A person’s state of health also affects nutrition A person with a health condition may require dietary modifications such as avoiding gluten for people with celiac disease, limiting sodium for people with high blood pressure, or affect the absorption or metabolism of nutrients as is the case in malabsorption syndrome or thyroid disorders.

Wellness is associated with actively pursuing activities, making lifestyle choices, and following spiritual practices that lead to a certain nutritional status or a state of health.

The interplay between nutrition, health and wellness is complex and dynamic. It is important to understand how these concepts are related and how they can be improved.

Combating COVID-19 symptoms
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Combating COVID-19 symptoms with nutrition in an African context

Most individuals who contract COVID-19 recover completely within a few weeks. Others, experience persisting symptoms…

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Swapping meat for plant-based foods
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Prioritising sustainable food systems is an investment in nutrition

This is a complex, but increasingly urgent issue, most especially because it addresses the threat to our food systems…

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Lactose Intolerance and Cow’s Milk Allergy in the context of developing countries

With an aim to raise awareness in this National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month (May), the NNIA investigates the…

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97th NNI Workshop - INTERSECTIONS OF NUTRITION: Retracing Yesterday, Redefining Tomorrow

The Nestle Nutrition Institute is happy to invite you for the 97th NNI Workshop “INTERSECTIONS OF NUTRITION: Retracing…

The Highs and Woes of Parenting

Explore global parenting tales, unveiling both highs and challenges, offering insights into the unique journey of…

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The NNIA’s educational tools empower nurses with a Voice to Lead

The theme for International Nurses Day (12 May 2022) is: ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights…

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Dr Muzzazzi
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Dr Muzzazzi reviews the Post-Graduate Program in Paediatric Nutrition

Dr. Muzzazzi is a Paediatric and Child Health Specialist, Paediatric Hematology, Oncology Fellow, and a Board Member of…

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World Obesity Day Scale
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World Obesity Day: Addressing Africa’s Sugar Problem

Reflecting on World Obesity Day (04 March), NNIA has investigated the high impact of obesity, mainly caused by high…

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Renal health and COVID-19

Kidney disease – also termed the “silent killer” as many sufferers do not realise they have it until it is very advanced…

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