‘Everyone has to play their part to enable healthier lifestyles’

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THE health minister yesterday called on food retailers and vendors in the sultanate to work together in making healthy food more affordable for all.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi said this on the sidelines of the ministry’s Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration at MoH’s Al-Afiah Hall yesterday.

“Health is everyone’s business, and we need to be serious about health. We all need to play our part in encouraging healthier lifestyles and in moving towards a healthy nation, as said by His Majesty the Sultan in his recent titah,” he said.

He noted that outside of the government institutions, retailers and vendors also play a role in ensuring that the public are empowered with healthy options.

As such, he encouraged the public to “eat smartly” by making healthier choices.

YB Dato Dr Hj Zulkarnain also said that the ministry does not advocate skipping meals in the pursuit of preventing obesity and keeping weight in check.

Instead, he highlighted the importance of portion control while consuming food, adding that it is a misconception that healthy meals are difficult to make, as the latter can be done with creativity.

The minister also recommended using fitness apps to keep track of one’s daily calorie intake and exercise requirement.

“Everyone at the (health) ministry is encouraged to do this, no matter how slim they are.

“There are watches and apps these days that you can use to count the number of steps you take in a day. Anyone can easily do 10,000 steps a day, and this has got to be your new norm,” he said.

YB Dato Dr Hj Zulkarnain added that one way in which people can start trying to reach this goal is by parking further away from their work building each day.

“The recommended amount of exercise for a person per day is 30 to 40 minutes. There are 1,440 minutes in a day, so spending 30 minutes of a day to carry out some exercise shouldn’t be that difficult,” he said.

Themed “The Colours of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri”, the Health Ministry’s celebration yesterday included a mini competition among MoH members to see who had the healthiest food stall, within a set budget and criteria.

Stalls offered low-calorie dish options alongside calorie count and other nutrition information displays.

The Brunei Times