Thais encouraged to eat more vegetables

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation on Tuesday (Aug 8), launched an event to encourage Thai people to eat more vegetables: at least 400 grammes of vegetables a day as recommended by the World Health Organization.

Dr Pairote Saonuam, director of the 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 an environment that will encourage people in their offices to eat more vegetables and fruits.

People will also be taught how to grow their own vegetables and to prepare healthy food menus 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 the 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 habits.

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


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