The Nutrition Month Malaysia programme (NMM) was founded in 2002 by three leading professional bodies, namely the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM), the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) and the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO). As the country’s premier nutrition education initiative, the NMM programme receives support from the Nutrition Division of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).
NMM is a non-profit programme that focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle and is spearheaded by a National Steering Committee (NSC) with representatives from the three professional founding bodies and the Ministry of Health.
For more information and educational materials on Nutrition Month Malaysia, visit: http://nutritionmonthmalaysia.org.my
Healthy Kids Programme, Malaysia
The objective of this programme is to improve nutrition knowledge and promote healthy lifestyles among school-going children in Malaysia. This programme is timely in view of the significant prevalence of nutrition-related problems, such as nutrient deficiencies and obesity, among Malaysian schoolchildren.
The Healthy Kids Programme in Malaysia was launched in August 2010 with the theme “Let’s Be Healthy!” or “Jom Sihat!”. The Programme is targeted towards children aged between 7–12 years and is part of Nestlé’s global programme, which aims to raise nutrition, health and wellness awareness among school-aged children around the world through better eating habits, increased physical activities and other key health measures.
For more details, visit: http://healthykids.org.my
Mother’s Smart Choice
Mothers have always been concerned about their children’s nutrition. Should the baby be breastfed? When should she start feeding the baby solid food? Making good nutritional choices for their babies can be challenging, especially when many mothers today are juggling work and home responsibilities.
To address these mothers’ concerns, the NSM spearheaded a three-phase programme, Mother’s Smart Choice (MSC), which aims to promote good infant nutrition and offer practical tips that the working mother can incorporate into her daily schedule. MSC was launched in 2011 in collaboration with the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM), Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) and the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN).
The following publications have thus far been published:
- Breastfeed with Confidence: Practical Tips for the Modern Mother (in English and Bahasa Malaysia) (put picture of cover and enable download)
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- Baby’s First Bites: Complementary Feeding with Confidence (in English and Bahasa Malaysia) (put picture of cover and enable download)
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The Mi-CARE training and education programme is spearheaded
by four leading professional bodies in Malaysia; the Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM), Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM), National Midwifery Society of Malaysia (NMSM) and Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA).
The programme’s main objective is to empower nurses, nurse aides and midwives from both private and government O&G, paediatric clinics and maternity centres. This is achieved by providing them with relevant information on pregnancy, labour, birth and post-partum care. They are then able to provide accurate information and advice to expectant or new mothers.
A series of 3 leaflets (in English) have been published for dissemination to the public.
A new child education programme based on the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents, to be launched in 2014.
Bright Start 4 Life
Launch on 22 October 2013, the BrightStart4Life (B4L) programme is a long-term educational programme aimed at promoting optimal nutrition for infants (0 – <1 year), infants with special feeding needs and young children (1-6 years). A series of booklets and articles shall be published, targeted at both public (young parents) and healthcare professionals (HCP).
B4L is an experts' based initiative, spearheaded by the following professional bodies; Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) as the lead initiator in collaboration with Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA), Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) as joint initiators and supported National Population & Family Development Board (LPPKN).
Positive Parenting is Malaysia’s Expert Educational Programme for Parents on Maternal, Child & Family Care, initiated by Malaysian Paediatric Association. Nutrition Society of Malaysia is a partner in this programme. Details in: