Malaysia consists of various communities, religion and race. Various festivals are also celebrated by Malaysians such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Aidiladha, Deepavali and Christmas. For each festival, a variety of delicacies are served to guests who come to the house during the festive celebration. The Honorary Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Health has taken the initiative to disseminate information on Healthy Eating to Malaysians so as to practise Healthy Diet during festive celebrations. This is carried out by holding a press conference during the festive celebration. The press conference was first held in 2012 in conjunction with Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Deepavali celebrations
i. Healthy Eating during Chinese New Year
In 2012, a press conference for healthy eating was held during Chinese New Year at Nutrition Information Centre, Ministry of Health Level 2, Block E10, Parcel E, Putrajaya. In conjunction with this press conference, the booklet entitled ‘Healthy Eating during Chinese New Year’ was introduced in three languages, namely Bahasa Malaysia, English and Chinese.
The booklet lists several tips for Malaysians to practise such as 8 Tips to prepare healthy dishes during Chinese New Year and 8 Tips for Healthy Eating During Chinese New Year celebration. In addition, the Tip to practise 88888 daily was introduced, namely:
In 2013, a press conference was held at the Restaurants’ Association of Selangor and Federal Territory Ku Su Shin Choong Hung, Kuala Lumpur. At this press conference, the booklet ‘healthy eating, healthy living recipes; was introduced with the addition of this key message ‘ Lead 3665 Every Day’, namely:
At the same time, 12 healthy recipes were introduced to Malaysians for festive cooking for guests during Chinese New Year celebrations. The other activity held is the Food Exhibition during Chinese New Year alongside calories’ count.
ii. Healthy Eating during Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2012
Press conference on Healthy Eating in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2012 was held on August 9, 2012 by the Honorary Minister of Health, Malaysia, Dato ‘ Sri Liow Tiong Lai at Level 1 Foyer, Block E3, Ministry of Health. The booklet on ‘Healthy Eating during Hari Raya’ was also introduced. In this book, there is a list of content of calories for dishes usually served during Hari Raya Celebration as well as activities for burning calories. In addition, the main message was ‘Practise 55555 to stay healthy during festive celebrations’, namely:
The other activities held are the Food Exhibition during Hari Raya Aidilfitri alongside calories’ count, weight checks, nutrition counselling and physical activity
iii. Healthy Eating During Deepavali 2012
Press conference on Healthy Eating during Deepavali 2012 was held on 7th November 2012 by the Honorary Health Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai at Health Complex, Bandar Botanic, Klang, Selangor. The press conference was held in conjunction with the opening of the Health Complex, Bandar Botanic, Klang and the handover of the ambulance key.
In this event, the booklet entitled ‘ Guide to Healthy Eating During Deepavali’ was introduced in three languages, namely Bahasa Malaysia, English and Tamil.
The booklet lists examples of food and calories’ content usually served during Deepavali celebration alongside burning of calories. Several tips to be practised by Malaysians during Deepavali celebration are also included such as Deepavali “7 Healthy Meal Preparation Tips during Deepavali” and “7 Healthy Eating Tips During Deepavali”. In addition, the main message introduced was the 7 colourful Deepavali dishes consisting of:
Other activities are also held such as exhibition of food normally served during Deepavali alongside calories’ count.
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