Roland Kupka, UNICEF’s regional nutrition adviser, is replacing traditional healthy fresh food diets with highly processed and unhealthy junk food and drinks, “resulting in poor diets that have a devastating impact on the health and well-being of children in the region.” This was reported by the East Asia and Pacific Office to Xinhua on Monday.
Lely Djuhari, head of UNICEF’s China Communication and Advocacy Department, said that China, which has friendly cooperation with UNICEF, plays an active role in children and food issues.
“We know that progress has been made in implementing children’s rights in China, and much more needs to be done to improve child nutrition.”
A Healthier Food Environment for Teens
With the support of young people and celebrities and influencers leading the campaign, UNICEF hopes to raise awareness of the impact of the changing food environment on the lives of girls and boys and the urgent need for joint action by governments, the private sector and civil society. creating a healthier food environment in the region.
“After returning home, I hope to work with my peers and youth groups in China,” said Chen Feipeng, a 24-year-old graduate student who was recommended to attend the workshop by the All China Youth Federation.
“Through the Hope Kitchen (a government nutrition program), it will contribute to improving access to affordable, accessible, well-packaged and well-marketed healthy food options that everyone wants to buy,” he said.
The initiative will be implemented in eight participating countries, China, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, and will be supported by UNICEF country offices and partners as part of UNICEF’s mobilization and capacity building work. young people must take action.
“Children’s diets affect both their physical and mental health, and all sectors of society must collectively create a child-friendly food environment and promote a sustainable food system,” said Meng Qianshan, a nutrition teacher from southwest China’s Chengdu. Sichuan province.