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Educational Resources and Technology Division director Zainal Abas speaks at the launch of the Education Ministry’s Healthy Eating Campaign at SMK Bukit Rangin, Kuantan, Pahang, on June 14, 2024. — Screenshot via FACEBOOK/KEMENTERIAN PENDIDIKAN MALAYSIA

MOE looks to promote healthy eating habits among kids

KUANTAN, June 14 — The Education Ministry (MOE) is committed to promoting nutritious and balanced eating habits among five million pupils in its 10,232 schools to build a healthy society, in line with Madani principles.

MOE Educational Resources and Technology Division director Zainal Abas said the ministry follows the food pyramid set by the Health Ministry (MOH) as nutrition is a crucial element in children’s growth.

During their school years, he said, it is essential for students to eat a balanced diet for good immune system and physical development.

“MOH previously released data such as obesity rates and stunted growth in students, all of which are closely related to diet. We want not only students but also teachers and parents to be aware nutrition is based on energy needs and correct food groups.

“For this reason, MOE launched the Healthy Eating Campaign today to support healthy lifestyle practices … and we will intensify these efforts nationwide,” he said when launching the national campaign at SMK Bukit Rangin here today.

To ensure its effectiveness, he said the MOE has planned various programmes for this year that contribute to proactive living, which will also involve parents, considering students spend more time with their families than at school.

“We know that nutrition alone is not sufficient, so the ministry has designed various programmes in terms of sports and out-of-classroom activities to keep students active.

“Practising a healthy lifestyle from an early age can prevent students from developing high blood pressure, diabetes, or NCDs (non-communicable diseases), thereby creating a productive and prosperous society,” he added.

— Bernama

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