The state plans to set up a nutrition garden in all the 11,000 anganwadis in 33 districts of the state as part of the National Nutrition Mission. September will be celebrated as nutrition month this year.
The four weeks of celebration will also see various other programmes aimed at improving nutrition levels among children and women.
Aanganwadi children of districts that have the highest level of malnutrition will also be given nutrition kits. Efforts will also be made to trace and track extremely malnourished kids and ensure they get adequate nutrition.
The mission also intends to focus on pregnant women and adolescent girls as well.
The women and child development department said that each week of September will see the nutrition mission being celebrated with a new theme.
As part of the celebration and to create public awareness about nutrition, a nutrition garden initiative will be carried out in anganwadis, schools, panchayats and open public spaces. The initiative will see nutrition-rich plants and trees being planted.
Anganwadis that have adequate availability of land and water will see over 35 lakh trees and plants being planted. The nutrition garden will be developed with the help of the Gujarat Livelihood Promotion Company.
Encouraging yoga among women and children will also be taken up by the department.
Since many of the government programmes and schemes sometimes fail to reach the beneficiaries, the department also plans to propagate the messages through social media channels.