Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 9:40 AM on Friday 1 August

/ Front page / News

Call for healthy lunch

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

WITH only seven days left to the new school year, the Health Ministry has called on all parents to provide a balanced diet for their children's lunch.

Ministry national advisor Non-Communicable Diseases Dr Isimeli Tukana said it was important parents included a lot of vegetables in their children's lunch boxes to school.

"Children's meals should contain mostly vegetables and fruits and a little bit of meat," Dr Tukana said.

He said the ministry had noted that most children missed breakfast and were given large sums of money by parents to buy lunch in school.

"This is wrong and a negative start to a child's day. Parents should ensure that their children have breakfast and take a balanced diet meal for lunch," Dr Tukana said.

He said parents should change their mind-set of providing children with fast foods.

"A healthy lunch is the best and simple way for a child to stay healthy and focus on schoolwork," Dr Tukana said.

He advised parents to provide water to their children when they go to school.

"Water is the best option. Children should stay away from soft drinks," Dr Tukana said. He said evidence showed that unhealthy meals resulted in the build-up of various NCDs.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Born out in the cold
  2. Mother seeks compensation for loss
  3. LTA sticks to sticker
  4. Gifts up in flames
  5. Out of comfort zone
  6. Demand up
  7. $11m health relief
  8. Thousands visit agricultural show
  9. Firefighters ask for land
  10. FSC signs deal

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fijian woman jailed for stealing millions in NZ Sunday (27 Jul)
  2. Hero's tale Tuesday (29 Jul)
  3. 10 degrees lowest yet Monday (28 Jul)
  4. New United formation Monday (28 Jul)
  5. Million-dollar man Saturday (26 Jul)
  6. Misleading phone deals Monday (28 Jul)
  7. Iliesa Delana explains Wednesday (30 Jul)
  8. PM denies claims Thursday (31 Jul)
  9. Protest over ads on cabs Thursday (31 Jul)
  10. Help for illegal Fijians Tuesday (29 Jul)