In a country like Maldives, while we all are talking about producing a better lifestyle for people I feel it’s good to address the area of healthy living and proper lifestyle education for our children. Without being healthy, how would you have a proper lifestyle?
Where does the journey of proper lifestyle begin? Developed countries have gone far producing comfort, luxury and convenience for mankind. Yet these things has left human lazy and unhealthy. Processed food, fast food, luxury transportation with less movement is what we all demand. So where can we start to teach our young generation the habits of healthy living.
Some of the said countries are struggling to find a way out to make coming generations better, even politicians are playing on hard to convince the public on this concern to get support. United Kingdom has imposed a ban on fast food in primary schools after long debates in the parliament, to develop a habit of eating healthy and natural food. The food trading industry has been forced to provide healthy eating options to the public, in the developed countries supermarkets has been forced to have ORGANIC food and healthy food area.
What would be our first step to teach healthy lifestyle? Ban crappy snack packets like Chicken rings and these kinds of unhealthy snacking options from primary school? Ban fizzy carbonated drinks from primary school? Yes these are good ways …
Well in countries like Singapore, they have introduced kid’s gyms in the primary schools. Not to forcefully send all the primary children to the gym, but to educate and teach them the benefits of exercise, and how to exercise using these machines and make them do some exercises in a way that they enjoy.
We are in a stage that we should be careful about our young generation, the number of over weight children are growing. In the past year (2006) according to stats in our fitness center 45% of school children who exercised are obese. That shows a 14% growth compared to the previous year (June 2005). I believe this is something to think about.
Producing a kid’s gym in every primary school is a good way to start.