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Health Minister joins South Heart Walk
Wearing sneakers and track pants, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan joined scores of participants in the annual South Heart Walk to promote healthy lifestyles at Palmiste Park, San Fernando, on June 16. The Minister, who even participated in the zumba session, has been championing the drive against obesity among citizens, particularly in children. Indicating that men, women and children were getting fat, Khan told participants that in the last 20 years the obesity in T&T had risen by between 35 to 55 per cent. He said that increase correlated with the development of the fast food industry. “We need everyone of you to carry the message forward of healthy lifestyles, decrease in salt, decrease in sugar, decrease in oils and decrease in carbohydrates and fats. “We have to start substituting our children’s meals, especially in schools, with healthy foods: low oil content; low sugar content, or zero sugar content. “I am starting to target those fizzy drinks with a lot of sugar in it.”
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