Students get taste for healthy eating

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 August, 1999, 12:00am

Students at four secondary schools are taking part in a joint project to promote healthy eating.

The nutrition project at Holm Glad College, St Catherine's School for Girls, Tong Tang Sook Fong Memorial School and Chang Pui Chung Memorial School will be launched next month.

The project will be run by teachers who joined the 'Healthy Schools Programme' Professional Diploma Course in Health Promotion and Health Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The two-year part-time course trains teachers, social workers and school administrators to design and implement health education in schools, and promote health in the school and home environment.

Project participant Miranda Hung Chi-ming, officer-in-charge at the Haven of Hope Bradbury Po Lam Community Health Development Centre, said: 'Many diseases are not inborn and can be prevented. Some are caused by bad eating habits and some even because of psychological problems. If we drink more water, eat less preserved food, or stay happy, we can keep our bodies healthy.' The project will run until May. It includes pre-and post-project questionnaires, exhibitions, healthy recipe design contests and a school health day.

Professor Lee Shiu-hung, chairman of the steering committee of the programme, said the concept of a 'healthy school' should be promoted in every school in the SAR.

'Childhood and adolescence are critical periods of growth and development.

'Therefore school plays a key role in health promotion and health education for our future community,' he said.

A healthy school was the first step towards building a healthy society, Professor Lee said.

'Once students have an idea of healthy life, they can pass on the message at home and influence their family members.' Chan Kwok-kwong, a biology teacher at Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College, joined the programme because he was interested in finding out more about health education.

'Even though I am a biology teacher, I can share what I have learned with other teachers and work with them to promote a healthy life in the future.' He said the programme was practical.

'We are taught to pay attention to every little thing. For example, one of the lesson we learned was how to detect the symptoms of taking drugs.

'Another lesson was about not overlooking a student's bad moods or declining results. He might have family problems.'