| Wani Roslan |
THE number of overweight or obese students in Years 1, 4, 6 and 8 from government and non-government schools across the country has increased from 14.26 per cent in 2007 to 28.4 per cent in 2011.
This can lead to health problems such as non-communicable diseases including cancer, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and high cholesterol level in blood, and many research studies have shown that children who are overweight face a high risk of becoming obese when they grow up.
This was highlighted by Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Md Kassim, Head of Health Promotion Centre, during her welcoming remark yesterday at the closing ceremony of Active, Smart, Excellent Student (P3C) pilot programme that was held at Al-‘Afiah Hall, Ministry of Health.
“One major step to change behaviour toward practicing healthy lifestyle is to increase knowledge and understanding of an individual or groups on the risk factors, and it also should be coordination with training or demonstration to enhance skills related to behavioural changes as well as measures to motivate an individual or groups,” she said.
She also emphasised that a number of initiatives and programmes or activities have been carried out in the collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in order to promote healthy living among students.
“It is hoped that the initiatives will be able to produce a generation of students and youth who are knowledgeable, discipline and able to choose and adopt a healthy lifestyle and maintain lifelong health.
“Apart of that, it also helps reduce the rate of non-communicable diseases in Brunei Darussalam in the future,” she said.
The closing ceremony then continued with the prize and certificate presentation to the winners of P3C Schools Project Programme Phase 2.
First place was won by Lambak Kanan Jalan 49 Primary School, who received a cash prize of $1,000, trophy, gold medals and certificates.
Pulaie Primary School grabbed second place and received a cash prize of $800, trophy, silver medals and certificates.
While in third was Batu Marang Primary School, receiving cash prize of $500, trophy, bronze medals and certificate.
The guest of honour, Haji Mahrub bin Haji Murni, Senior Special Duties Officer at the Ministry of Health, presented the prizes and certificates.