Be role models in eating healthy and in exercising

  • Letters
  • Thursday, 31 Mar 2005

I AM pleased with the government’s move to draw up a National Plan of Action for Nutrition, “Action plan for healthy living,” (The Star, March 25). 

We not only need to educate our people about the importance of healthy living but also reducing the obesity and overweight rates among them, especially the adolescents and children. If we want our children to have healthy lifestyles, we should first start with the family.  

We need to act as role models by eating a healthy, balanced diet and participating in sports activities. 

In addition, we need to spare some time for exercise after a long day at work or school rather than depending on slimming products and giving excuses that we are too busy.  

Exercise is beneficial not only in relaxing the mind or burning away unwanted calories but also protects us from getting hypertension, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.  

The Health Ministry should not only organise health campaigns through the media to reach out to everyone but also in all schools, especially in the rural areas, to teach our children how to keep themselves fit and healthy.  

School canteens should revamp their menus rather than selling junk food or fizzy drinks which are unhealthy for our children.  


S .YIN, 


New Zealand. 

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