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FoodSteps is Halo Health Asia’s free school nutrition education outreach program. It will focus on teaching primary school children aged 7-12 the rudiments of making healthy food choices in a fun and interactive format.

 

13 percent of children in mainstream schools were overweight in 2017, a slight rise from the 11 per cent in 2011. These children are likely to continue being obese during adulthood and are more likely to develop a variety of health problems as adults, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, joint problems and a higher risk of getting endometrial, breast and colon cancers.

 

Food tastes develop at an early age, and encouraging healthy choices early in life can help to create lifelong preferences for healthy foods.

 

What and when an individual child eats is affected by a number of factors including:

Their knowledge and attitudes about food and health

Their socio-economic status

The education level of their parents/caregivers

The availability, affordability, and attractiveness of various food options

Their culture

External influences, such as peer pressure and advertising

Children with strong parental/caregiver support are more likely to develop healthy lifestyle habits that will stay with them for the longer term.

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