Nutrition and Food Security

Nutrition and food security affects all areas of an individual’s health.  The importance of integrating nutrition into other services and/or interventions is great.  Integrating nutrition into a strategic planning process, developing nutrition guidelines and policies, integrating essential nutrition actions into areas like maternal, newborn, and child health services are all imperative when dealing with nutrition and food security.  Just as essential is applying a systematic behavior change approach in community-based nutrition programs in order to achieve measurable changes in practices.  Early nutritional status in young children can have an effect on their entire adult life and integrating nutrition into other health programs can achieve better outcomes for children and their families.