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Ministries join hands in tackling obesity in schools


Dr Subramaniam says the module will serve as a guideline for teachers to monitor their students’ eating habits.

Dr Subramaniam says the module will serve as a guideline for teachers to monitor their students’ eating habits.

THE Health Ministry and the Education Ministry are working together to come up with a training module to control the problem of obesity among students.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (pic) said the module would serve as a guideline for Physical Education teachers to monitor their students' diet and eating habits.

He said that almost every school has a teacher who now monitors the students' fitness level. They also provide training programmes, activities and education continuously to tackle the obesity problem.

“The ministry is also concerned with the students' food consumption in school. We have implemented various initiatives, including providing information on the food that can be sold and those that must be prohibited,” he said recently at a management conference organised by the Health Ministry.

He said the Hidangan Berkhasiat di Sekolah (HiTS) and Cara Hidup Anda Terbaik (C-HAT), two programmes that featured on serving nutritious food in schools and leading a better lifestyle, were introduced in schools.

The objective was to expose and educate parents to the many health and social issues that were related to obesity, said the minister.

Both the ministries had also introduced the Young Doctor Programme to educate primary school pupils on the importance of a balanced diet.

It resulted in 7,278 Year Six pupils being identified as obese in the first quarter of this year. — Bernama

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