Nutritional Health
Join the 999 challenge: yoga and meditation

Food to Fuel Health

Issues with nutritional awareness and malnourishment are prevalent globally. Malnutrition comes in many forms, including undernutrition, a deficiency of vitamins and minerals, obesity, and other diet-related noncommunicable diseases. According to the World Health Organization, 1.9 billion people are overweight globally, while 462 million are underweight. Undernutrition causes 45 percent of deaths in children under five years old. These mainly occur in low- and middle-income countries.

India is home to over 190 million malnourished people, primarily in rural areas and among disadvantaged socioeconomic groups like the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Globally, malnutrition is higher among poorer households, women with less education, and people from marginalized groups. The effects of undernutrition can last a lifetime. Children who experience periods of undernutrition are at a higher risk of developing chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, and diabetes.

Interactions between food security, social relations and norms, and local knowledge influence nutrition in the household. Poverty, lack of education, socioeconomic inequities, and malnutrition often go hand in hand and need to be considered in nutritional health interventions and policy.

Ways to participate in C20


AYUDH – Global Youth Wing

Vidyamritam – Children scholarships
Technology enhanced Learning: AmritaRITE, OLabs, MedSIM, AyurSIM, AVIEW, VLab
Online Education – African batch of fully funded students in Amrita’s BCA degree
AmritaJSS – Skill Development and Adult Literacy
AmritaServe – Education, Skill Development, Learning Technologies
Inclusive Education: Amrita Orphanage, Amrita Institute for Differently Abled, Amrita Speech and Hearing Improvement School (ASHIS), Village Education Centers

Join the 999 challenge

The challenge is to practice 9 rounds of Surya Namaskar and 9 minutes of Meditation for World Peace daily for 9 days and then reflect on the impact it had on your life. The challenge highlights how yoga and meditation can have a major impact on mental health and physical well-being. Participants of the challenge have reported experiencing positive changes in their life outlooks, energy levels and overall sense of well-being. This, in turn, contributed to an atmosphere of peace within their schools and families. The goal is to reach 1 million people around the world by international yoga day, June 21st.

Share your experiences with 999

Now that you have completed your 9 days of Surya Namaskaram and prayers for world peace, we want to know about your experience! Please share your experience with the 999 challenge, let us know how it has impacted you mentally, emotionally, and physically. Your response can be written, or a video.

Chaupal C20

Each one of us influences the health of our society. The #YouAreTheLight campaign is a platform for all to share their experiences of health problems in society and suggest solutions to be included in our policy pact for the G20.


We aim to widen the discussions on different facets of sustainable development goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being with policy building meetings and a series of public webinars and awareness campaigns that will take place throughout 2023. Join us for one of our upcoming events.

Sub-Working Group Coordinators

Dr. Nivedita Pavithran

Amrita Hospital, Kochi

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Core Committee Members

Dr. Priya Nair

Amrita Hospital, Kochi

Kamala Krishnaswamy

Formerly ICMR, National Institute of Nutrition

Anura Kurpad

St. John’s Medical College

Nita Bhandari

Centre for Health Research & Development, Society for Applied Studies, New Delhi

Avula Laxmaiah

ICMR – National Institute of Nutrition

Padmini Murthy MD

New York Medical College School of Health Sciences & Practice / American Medical Women’s Assn.

Dr. Renuka Jayatissa

Medical Research Institute

Ram Rajasekharan

Central University of Tamil Nadu

Dr. B. Dayakar Rao

ICAR – Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad

Maria Isabel Signes Solder

University of Valencia

Karen Lacey, MS, RDN, CD, FAND

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

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Message from the Chair, C20 India 2023

Our Inspiration

Amma sees the whole world as a flower. Each petal represents a nation. If one petal is infested with pests, it will affect the other petals as well. The beauty of the whole flower suffers. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to protect and nurture this flower. All living beings in creation are interdependent. The rhythm of Nature depends upon humanity. It’s necessary to maintain the rhythm of the mind and body for the sake of our health and lifespan, for the sake of humankind and Nature.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi ❤️

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