Parents learn how to get kids to be healthier on online chat hosted by MOS Lam Pin Min

Minister of State for Health, Dr Lam Pin Min hosted a live Facebook chat, part of a public consultation launched by NurtureSG, on May 30, 2016.
Minister of State for Health, Dr Lam Pin Min hosted a live Facebook chat, part of a public consultation launched by NurtureSG, on May 30, 2016.PHOTO: LAM PIN MIN/ FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Parents learnt tips on how to help their children lead healthier lifestyles during a live Facebook chat hosted by Minister of State for Health, Dr Lam Pin Min, on Monday (May 30) evening.

Among the topics discussed were physical activity, mental well-being and myopia.

The chat, organised by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education together with online engagement agency Reach, was part of an eight-week long public consultation launched in April 2016 by NurtureSG.

Co-chaired by Dr Lam and Minister of State for Education, Dr Janil Puthucheary, NurtureSG is an interagency task force that aims at improve the health of Singapore's youth by engaging with parents as well as educators and food establishments.

 

Dr Lam, who is also MP for Sengkang West, said parents suggested things such as teaching youth to read food labels to make healthier meal choices and making healthy food the default option in school canteens.

He added that recommendations from NurtureSG are expected to be presented during the budget debates next year.

The next NurtureSG consultation will be a focus group discussion with parents at Chua Chu Kang Community Club on June 2.