Lessons in sportsmanship and healthy food choices

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 28 Nov 2019

Children having fun putting together their own sandwich with help from adults.

SOME 90 children took part in the food demo preparation session during Zurich Malaysia’s “Eat Right to Play Right” (ERTPR) Youth Cup at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL).

This is the second consecutive year Zurich Malaysia organised the event

to increase community awareness on healthy eating habits through grassroots football.

According to a report published by Khazanah Research Institute in September this year, 23% of Malaysian children below the age of five have stunted growth while 6% are overweight.

Zurich Malaysia country head Stephen Clark said as a parent, he took great care in ensuring his children had the right nutrients in their daily meals and this initiative was aligned with the company’s objective to help Malaysians protect their loved ones through healthy living.

“Education on proper nutrition is a cause I wholeheartedly support in both my personal and professional capacity.

“Through the ERTPR Youth Cup, we hope to promote sportsmanship and teach children and their parents that eating healthy is neither difficult nor expensive, ” said Clark.

As children tend to learn through experience, interactive activities were set up at the football grounds to promote proper nutrition and stimulate awareness.

The on-ground activities highlighted the four major food groups and the right intake portions.

Zurich Malaysia also engaged Sodexo Malaysia Sdn Bhd to share their expertise in providing easy-to-follow balanced meal preparations for the benefit of participating children and their parents, aiming to foster healthy eating habits both at home and in school.

A dedicated dietitian and two chefs were on hand at the event to share their knowledge on healthy menus to give children the balanced nutrition they need to grow up healthy.

Participants were divided into two groups and had chefs assist them to make their own sandwiches.

Sodexo food service dietitian Nor Fatin Syakinah Sabri said they chose sandwiches as they were easy to prepare for both parents and their children.

“A sandwich has bread, egg, cheese and vegetables like tomato, cucumber and lettuce which contain the energy and vitamins required for children to be active in sports.”

Shahrul Rizal Abd Mubin, 38, whose four children participated in the cooking session, said the activity had taught them how to eat healthily.

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