‘Be aware on importance of healthy, balanced diet’
Published on: Monday, April 29, 2019
By: Patimang Abdul Ghani
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KOTA MARUDU: Everyone should be aware on the importance of a healthy and balanced diet, said State Health Director, Datuk Dr Christina Rundi. 

Dr Rundi said although it seems a trivial matter to some, nutrition should be taken seriously because imbalance to it give rise to many diseases

 “Not only because of over eating, one can suffer from diseases such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes, but lack of food is also a cause of illness due to lack of nutrients. 

“Having awareness on keeping a balanced diet is important, especially during this current times, with the diversity of food sources, plus easy access, including online trading,” she said at the State level Nutrition Month 2019 held at the Kota Marudu Community Hall, Saturday. 

Over 800 people attended the one-day event which featured various activities such as health screening, blood donation drive, dental treatment, colouring contest, games and interaction exhibition, lucky draw tickets and sales of local food products, among others. 

Dr Rundi also presented a special programme award called “Cara Hidup Anda Terbaik (C-HAT)” to Sekolah Kebangsaan Bawang in Tamparuli. 

The event was made possible by Kudat Health Officer, Dr Kwang Kugan and Kota Marudu Health Officer Dr Athira Naseruddin together with members of the Ministry of Health. 

Dr Rundi said the Nutrition Month programme is not just for the community in Kota Marudu but for all the people in Sabah, especially those who are busy working to be aware and begin to invest in the importance of a balanced nutritional care from now on. 

She said Sabahans should be grateful that there are many choices of food including a variety of seafood, vegetables, fruits and rice. 

“But at the same time the diversity requires us to keep our health by adopting a healthy and balanced eating habit,” she said. 


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