ThaiHealth launches campaign to encourage Thais to eat more vegetables

Thai Health Promotion Foundation on Tuesday (Aug 8) launched an event at its office to encourage Thai people to eat more vegetables with an aim to make each Thai eats at least 400 grammes of vegetables a day as recommended by the World Health Organization.

Dr Pairote Saonuam, director of Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Office of ThaiHealth, said that the foundation had set a target for Thai people to increase vegetable intake from 25.9 percent to 50 percent in the next four years.

Also, he said ThaiHealth would support the private sector to hold activities to increase public understanding and knowledge about the merits of vegetable consumption and to create environment that will encourage people in the offices to eat more vegetables and fruits.

People will also be taught how to grow their own vegetables and to prepare healthy food menu in offices, he added.

Chanchida Ngarm-urairat, chief of a programme to promote health among office workers through vegetable consumption, said that 777 employees of six private companies had joined the programme.

The participants, she said, were taught how to weigh vegetables, how much vegetables they should eat each day and safety of vegetables and fruits, how to get rid of chemical residue in vegetables and fruits and how to check for chemical content in their blood.

On top of that, Ms Chanchida said the programme had opened a 21-day course for volunteers among office workers to change their vegetable-eating lifestyle.

Also, a training course in chemical-free vegetable cultivation, vegetable cooking as well as fruit and vegetable preservation was organized for 33 model volunteers.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

   

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