Walk the talk at health events

I agree that to fight diabetes, among other things, healthy food and drink options should be more readily available ("Over 1,600 people share ideas on battling diabetes"; Nov 14).

Hence, I was dismayed when I attended a Healthy Lifestyle Festival SG event at the Sports Hub recently and saw two soft-drink companies and a chocolate-milk producer in attendance. Free samples of their products were also readily available.

Since the general theme of the event was to promote exercise and the importance of being active, I wonder whether allowing companies that produce sugary drinks to attend is the best way to help people avoid diabetes.

Matt Pasterfield