| Azaraimy HH |
THE Ministry of Health through the Health Promotion Centre hosted the OH BEST! Camp for children aged between eight and 10 years old who are categorised as having excess weight by the centre’s health programme. The two-day camp full of fun learning activities was held at the Fun Bee Park from December 17 to 18.
The camp was aimed at raising awareness on having a healthy body, practising healthy eating habits, and knowing what to eat. The camp also aimed to educate the parents and children that having healthy food is never expensive. It is essential that an individual must learn to consume the right food on every meal to improve one’s health.
On day one, the camp focused on quick daily morning exercise that can be done at home, the importance of breakfast, food colour chart, unhealthy food alternatives and other health related tips.
Participants were grouped into six with each group guided by the Health Promotion Centre staff and Fun Bee Park instructor.
The kitchen was busy with the participants preparing their three courses of breakfast: steamed egg with carrots, baked egg with sliced bread, and boiled egg relish. A healthy juice filled their tummies before lunch. They were taught that mixing local fruits can help in weight loss. Participants prepared their own lunch and ate together with their teachers.
Fun Bee Park organised some art craft sessions, games and bubble play.
One day two, the camp introduced group competitions such as ‘Junior Master Chef’ and Musical competition. Both competitions aimed to encourage teamwork, leadership, food control and cost control.
In the Junior Masterchef challenge, each team was given B$10 to shop at the nearby supermarket to prepare their chosen dish for lunch. Participants were taught how to choose the right food at the right cost.
An afternoon session with the parents hosted by Fun Bee Park Artistic Directress Cecilia Lee identified the existing challenges and difficulties on having a healthy lifestyle at the lowest minimal cost at its best quality. The session was aimed at encouraging parents to start a healthy lifestyle at home without affecting the family budget and resources.
The camp ended with closing remarks from the Director of Health Promotion Centre and Cecilia Lee.
Certificates and goodie bags were given to the participants.