18 Nov '11, 5am

Kids' weight, mental-health issues still priorities

Kids' weight, mental-health issues still priorities

Obesity and mental-health issues among schoolchildren continue to be the focus of initiatives to promote an all-rounded education system here. And efforts by the Ministry of Education (MOE), such as increasing physical-education (PE) curriculum time to keep obesity rates low, have been effective, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower Hawazi Daipi. For instance, 10.9 per cent of schoolchildren here are overweight, compared to about 23 per cent for the rest of South- east Asia, he noted. Mr Hawazi was speaking yesterday at the 3rd Educating For Health Conference held at Republic Polytechnic, which was attended by over 900 teachers, parents and health-care professionals. He added that not only do overweight children have a higher propensity for chronic health problems, but they are also generally more likely to experience a lower quality of life physi...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20111118-...

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