Find ways to increase height and strength for Vietnamese people
For the first time, a private corporation announced a companion nutrition project with the government – TH Group.
Vietnamese people slowly improve their stature and fitness
In the first workshop with the topic “Vietnamese nutrition” to implement the project, Prof. Nakamura Teiji – Chairman of Japan National Nutrition Association, said Japan has paid attention to nutrition to improve stature. from the 1950s of the last century.
One of the activities to improve Japanese stature is to develop school meals, initially providing fresh milk to students, towards fresh milk and light meals and complete meals at school, in It also has fresh milk and other foods.
Teiji also said that the Japanese at the time evaluated the improvement in height and stature of children before the implementation, after having a four-month and two-year school meals with a child participating in the program, The level of improvement is clear, indicating that it is an effective intervention.
In Vietnam, the school nutrition program has been implemented in the province since about 10 years ago.
In the provinces and cities that have implemented the program, specifically Nghe An province, effectively improve the height and stature of school children very significantly.
However, the height of young men according to the latest survey only reached 164.4cm, young women reached 153.4cm.
Compared to the standard height of the World Health Organization (WHO), Vietnamese young men are 13.1 cm lower and 10.7 cm younger women.
Comparing in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese people are also the lowest. That’s not to mention other chronic health problems that are also related to nutrition such as increased chronic non-communicable diseases, health effects and longevity.
Nutrition for Vietnamese people
In order to improve height, stature, physical strength of Vietnamese people, as well as reduce non-contagious chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease … TH Group has announced a project called Vietnamese Nutrition, with six sub-projects target groups with specific nutritional needs.
This is the first time a business has announced a nutrition project, in order to accompany the government’s nutrition policies.
This project will be implemented in 10 years, from 2018-2028, with sub-projects such as research, propose a plan to improve nutrition for the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, improve nutrition and meals For school age, for workers, especially workers, improve nutrition for older people, exercise athletes, and emphasize the role of “preventive nutrition” – reasonable nutrition to prevent obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer …
According to Mr. Pham Hung Cung – former Director of Traditional Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Vietnamese stature is slow to improve and lower than the average of many countries in the region.
Meanwhile, the number of people suffering from chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorder … increased rapidly.
In Japan, Professor Teiji said the involvement of businesses in improving nutrition was legalized.
In Vietnam, many businesses, including TH, have taken the first steps to participate in the school nutrition program.
By 2030, the target is that Vietnamese young men and women have an average height of 3-4cm over the current generation.
In order to do so, it is necessary to have strong and timely actions from now on.