Plain water drinking campaign launched in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - The Ministry of Health (MoH) through its Health Promotion Centre has collaborated with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) attachment students to hold a campaign to encourage the drinking of plain water.

Called ‘Lakastah Minum Air Kosong 2018’, the campaign aimed to encourage students and other school staff such as teachers to adopt the healthy habit of drinking plain water.

The MoH has shared statistics from its 2011 ‘Brunei Darussalam National Health and Dietary Status’ research showing that 34.6 per cent of children aged between five and 14 consume sugary drinks on a daily basis and one out of two children aged five are overweight or obese.

The plain water drinking campaign was launched as a result of these glaring statistics, with students being encouraged to drink plain water and bring plain water to school since February 1, 2018.

The campaign was held at the multipurpose hall of Perpindahan Lambak Kanan Primary School recently.

The day’s activities began with an aerobics exercise, before school Headmistress Hajah Ismah binti Abdul Rahim delivered an opening speech and handed certificates to winners of the colouring contest held for the school’s Year 1 students earlier in the month.

A talk on the benefits of drinking plain water was given at the venue.

The MoH advised staff members of schools throughout the country and parents to be more health conscious with regards to preparing food and drinks to the students and their children, stressing that drinking plain water is key in reducing the high obesity rate among students aged between five and 14.

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