Ed­u­cate youth on di­a­betes

The Straits Times - - FORUM -

While gov­ern­ment ef­forts on ad­dress­ing di­a­betes have been com­mend­able, more at­ten­tion should be given to ed­u­cat­ing our youth on this health threat.

I have heard many com­plaints from stu­dents about the ban on the sale of medium- to high-sugar drinks in my school, and many of them of­ten cir­cum­vent this rule by bring­ing their own un­healthy drinks. There is a lack of ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the ra­tio­nale be­hind the ban.

To coun­ter­act this prob­lem, young peo­ple should be made to un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness of this through for­mal teach­ing or hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties in school, or through ed­u­ca­tional talks by the Health Pro­mo­tion Board or health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

In ad­di­tion, World Di­a­betes Day could also be ob­served in schools. Jar­ryl Tsai Hao Jun, 16 Sec­ondary 4 stu­dent

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