This is what I had been trying to say all along. May be not as explicitly. Perhaps the language got in the way. But a little reading wouldn’t hurt; after all, educators were supposed to be educated. It doesn’t really require a directive.
A little year-end feast for the class is good. To require carbonated drinks for the feast is NOT good. This isn’t just my opinion, this is worldwide opinion. Health-conscious educated opinion, at least. What’s wrong with, say, fruit juice or lemonade? I found it a little mind-boggling when the teachers themselves asked the grade-school/primary school students, to bring along carbonated drinks for the feast.
Oh, what’s a little carbonated drink we say? When out of control, we were actually talking about health effects, obesity and weight-related diseases, dental decay, hypokalemia, etc.. And we haven’t even touched on fitness routine, yet.
We should start somewhere, and grade school/primary school was as good as the place.
And I’m the one who got blamed for criticizing. Duh… stupid me!
Graphic’s credit NSTOnline
April 25, 2011 21:56 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Bernama) — Fifteen food items deemed unhealthy for children have been proposed by the Health Ministry’s Nutrition Division to be banned in school canteens, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said Monday.
She said these included instant noodles, candies, preserved food, food containing artificial flavor, processed food like burgers, and carbonated drinks.
Rosnah said in line with the proposal, which would be finalized next month, the ministry had also identified 60 types of healthy food like fried rice, “kuetiaw” soup and noodle soup to be sold by canteen operators.
“We are now looking into this as the matter needs support (from canteen operators),” she told a press conference after opening the 1st Conference of the Association of Science Officers of Ministry of Health (ASOMH) here.
Almost 250 science officers from the ministry, universities and private sector are taking part in the two-day conference aimed at encouraging innovation and knowledge sharing.
Rosnah said the proposal on the sale of healthy food was vital as the research conducted by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia revealed that in 2000, the obesity rate among children aged between seven and 12 was 9.7 per cent, while in 2008, it had increased to 13. 7 per cent.
On other development, the deputy minister said on average, only 25 health product patents were registered by the ministry at the Malaysian Intellectual Property Office (MyIPO) between 1990 and 2000.
The number continued to increase in 2009 when 270 patents were registered, merely a 36 per cent increase from 198 patents registered in 2008, she said while admitting that the commercialization level of intellectual property in the country was still low.
Hence, she said in order to attract more science officers to come out with new innovations, the government was providing various incentives including a grant of RM15,500 to researcher, besides the royalty of 80 per cent from the commercialization of the research and development products.