A HEALTH­IER YOUTH

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DEN­NIS GAGUI BEL­TRAN

Health is Wealth so says an adage.Get­ting that good health re­quires that feel­ing of phys­i­cal, men­tal, and so­cial well-be­ing and not only be free of any dis­eases. It is also true that ev­ery per­son should main­tain a clean liv­ing free from any vices to at­tain good health. I re­mem­ber one of my high school teacher lec­tur­ing us about the ‘you are what you eat and vice versa’in our MAPEH class. In ad­di­tion to that, our school prin­ci­pal is quite adamant to the idea of no sell­ing of “JUNK” foods to us, the stu­dents. It was only when I am on the shoe of my teacher. I told my stu­dents not to eat too much of so the called “JUNK” foods and be con­scious enough to read the nu­tri­tional facts la­bel for each. Too much sodium con­tent or ex­ces­sive sugar is ram­pantly loaded in snacks by these un­con­tended profit lov­ing cor­po­ra­tions.

Con­clu­sively, our youth to­day craves on al­most ev­ery new snack­sp­re­sented in the mar­ket with­out con­sid­er­ing the risk of eat­ing un­healthy food and not know­ing of the afore­men­tioned con­tents. Obe­sity and even early signs of di­a­betes might be­come preva­lent in the fu­ture on our kids. It’s an­other case of a clear and an im­pend­ing dan­ger that our health au­thor­i­ties must put a closer look.

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The au­thor is a Grade 8 MAPEH teacher of San Pablo 2nd Na­tional High School, Lubao, Pam­panga

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