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Posted On: 13 April 2016 07:54 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:16 pm

Posters on nutrition at supermarkets soon

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In a new campaign to promote healthy eating habits among people, posters with information on nutrition contained in food items will be displayed at several supermarkets across the country.

Posters will be designed to help consumers decide what food items to buy to make a healthy and balanced diet, said officials yesterday.

The Ministry of Public Health signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) and Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Al Meera) to launch the public health awareness campaign.

The MoU will facilitate to educate the public with a wide range of information on nutrition through posters displayed at Al Meera branches in the country.

The nutrition information will be prepared by WCM-Q’s Sahtak Awalan programme and the ministry in accordance with the Qatar Dietary Guidelines issued in 2015.

Dr Saleh bin Ali Al Marri, Assistant Secretary-General for Medical Affairs at the ministry; Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dean, WCM-Q, represented by Nesreen Al Rifai, Chief Communications Officer, WCM-Q; and Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO, Al Meera, signed the MoU at the ministry premises yesterday.

“This MoU is part of our concerted efforts to promote public health awareness, especially as far as healthy diet is concerned, and the ministry attaches special importance to raising health awareness in the community in cooperation with all concerned partners,” said Dr Al Marri.

Qatar STEPS Non-communicable Disease Risk Factors Survey 2012 showed that the majority of adult Qataris (91 percent) consumed less than five servings of fruits and/or vegetables on average a day, 45.9 percent of them had low physical activity, and 41.4 percent of the respondents were obese and 70 percent overweight.

“These worrying numbers add to the importance of this crucial campaign which aligns with other important efforts, particularly the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan, part of the National Health Strategy,” Dr Al Marri added.

The awareness posters will initially be displayed at five Al Meera branches — Legtaifiya, Gulf Mall, Al Wakrah, Thakira and Geant, with plans to expand the programme later at more branches.

A task force will be set up by the ministry to help with preparing and revising the posters, implement the health programme at workplaces, conduct a survey to assess the needs of Al Meera employees (pre-survey) and conduct health check-ups for them. (Source / Image)