Nutrition plan provides food for thought
The General Office of the State Council published its national nutrition plan for 2017-30 with the goal of reducing obesity and anemia among students as well as tackling stunted growth affecting pupils younger than 5. The National Nutrition Plan (201730) calls for raising nutritional awareness, stressing that nutrition is crucial to the national health and quality of life as well as social and economic development. A slew of measures were listed in the new plan, including raising standards of nutrition, perfecting studies on nutritional sciences and nurturing expertise. Legislation on nutrition as well as policy studies will be enhanced. The plan aims to set up a comprehensive nationwide assessment system for nutritional standards by 2020. At the same time, a more comprehensive shared-data system will be established to benefit residents. Assessment on nutrition and food safety will also be strengthened through surveys, especially for iodine-related nutritional plans. In addition, data will be shared to benefit residents. Knowledge of nutritional health will be a particular highlight, the plan said.