The Nikolai Spoelsstracase First Nations Food and Nutrition Research Foundation (FNRF) has launched a World Nutrition Day (October 15) to coincide with a move by some First Nations (FNSNUs) towards healthy eating. The move which aims to combine National Nutrition Education Prevention and Literacy with holistic and sustainable health promotion practices will be crucial in alleviating the negative impact of chronic diseases malnutrition diabetes and type 2 diabetes leading to an estimated 605000 deaths this year. Director of FNRFs First Nations Centre of Excellence Sarah Hunter explains: FNRF is working on a number of Nutrition Today Day (November 15) initiatives across Canada and France to provide a closer look at the needs of first Nations and appreciate the positive role they can play in helping prevent disease and environmental deterioration. Healthy grilling: what the World Nutrition Day looks likeOctober 15 2019 marks 19 years to the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) began recommending foods that meet the nutritional needs of First Nations. Prior to that 12 countries had not included such foods on their nutrition lists. Since the WHOs October 2018 first step 30 FNSNUs have implemented the nutrition list requirement at least once. The WHO now recommends a minimum level of folate and vitamin D3 (CVD-2) supplementation. Association of Public Health Professionals (APHP) director Erin OConnor says: FNRF will continue to push for more educational programs on public health-related issues around the world so that governments do not unintentionally impact these crucial issues for these other First Nations. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that the importance of nutrition to determine the nutritional value for human consumption has been stalled at levels of 0. 2-0. 5 g per person-years. That is food groups are still conservatively reducing their intake of essential nutrients such as folate and vitamin D3. Even if population intake rises to 0. 9-1. 0 g per person-years COVID-19 led to a reduction in the number invited to the COPSM Nutrition Forum which the UN estimates drew more than 1300 delegates from 300 countries to the event. Higher intakes of iron and zinc were reported by countries that withdrew from participating in the event.