Focus health drive on social media, survey says

The public impression of young Hongkongers is that they eat plenty of fast food and snacks, but a university survey shows they are skilled in understanding nutritional information on food labels.

Monday, 18 June, 2012, 12:00am

Turning the tables

My best friends when I was 10 were Michael and Moazzam. One ended up a chartered surveyor, the other ended up in Guantanamo Bay.

I don't think either result could have been predicted 30-something years ago. But I think there's little about our adult selves that can be predicted from our childhoods.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


The numbers don't lie: we need to pull up our socks when it comes to health. The University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health revealed last month that Hong Kong as a whole scored a passing grade (six) on the 10-point Healthy Living Index it has devised.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Towards better eating habits

Xiong Miao, now 30, left her home in rural Jiangxi province in 2004 to pursue her dream job in Beijing. Never having been to college, she took nutrition courses in the capital, and hard work enabled her to start a nutrition-consultation company in 2005.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Dietitian with a taste for social media and networking

Name: Charmain Tan Job: Registered dietitian and nutrition consultant

Where did you go to school?

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Rules on quality thought key as private care grows

More patients are likely to turn to private medical services under the government's proposed medical insurance scheme, a senior medical source says, and that means the government should make changes in its quality assurance programme.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Patients mostly happy, except with the food

A lack of information about medical treatment and poor meals are what patients are most commonly unhappy about at public hospitals, a Hospital Authority survey found.

However, most rate highly the overall service quality of public hospitals.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Nutritionists versus dietitians: there's a healthy difference between them

With growing public awareness of the importance of good nutrition, many of us choose to seek professional advice on how to improve our diets. But should you go to a dietitian or a nutritionist?

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Tailor-made care gives hope to mentally ill

Thirty-six-year-old Alice became a recluse for more than two decades after being diagnosed with a serious mental illness.

When she did leave home it was usually to see the doctor for her regular consultations and, twice, to be admitted to hospital.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Untrained dietitians put patients at risk

More untrained people are working as dietitians, endangering the health of patients.

A survey conducted in February and last month found that 60 out of 100 dietitians' websites contained inaccurate nutrition information and 29 involved unqualified dietitians.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Debating is very educational

Many of us have taken part in or watched debating competitions. We can learn a lot from debating.

Not only does it teach reading, writing, listening and public speaking skills but it also gives us confidence.

3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Experts on food for body and soul

In Chinese, the same word is used to describe a nutritionist and dietitian, but people should be careful of nutritionists abusing this language similarity. While both nutritionists and dietitians have a university degree, only dietitians have undergone clinical training that allows them to apply their science to healing people. In other words, only dietitians can deal with patients.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Nutrition on menu

In association with the University of Ulster in Britain, the University of Hong Kong's School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU Space) offers a master of science degree in human nutrition and dietetics to update professionals and dieticians on the latest developments.

5 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Dietitian groups call for registration scheme so misleading operators can be policed

Three dietitians' groups have pressed the government for a formal registration system because a growing number of self-proclaimed nutritionists lacking qualifications are endorsing suspicious health products or giving misleading information.

28 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Dietitian offers food for thought

Hedy Choi firmly believes that a dietitian's responsibilities go far beyond giving advice on what to eat and explanations of what different types of food can do for the body.

5 Sep 2009 - 12:00am