Suzhou nutrition week promotes healthy diet for people
2018-05-15 16:26:00

Suzhou residents attend the opening ceremony of 2018 Suzhou National Nutrition Week.

The 2018 Suzhou National Nutrition Week kicked off last Sunday to raise awareness among the citizens the importance of balanced diet.

It is found that local residents’ daily dairy product intakes are severely insufficient, according to research data released recently by the Suzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to their research, an average Suzhou resident’s daily dairy intake is 23 grams, less than one-tenth of the national recommended intake of 300 grams. For people who have lactose intolerance, health professionals suggest they eat more lean meat, fish, shrimp and bean products for extra protein and calcium.

Also, their daily coarse food intakes are insufficient too, only 14 grams, whereas the recommended intake is 50 grams. The average locals’ oil and salt intakes are excessive, which can lead to high blood pressure and hyperlipidemia.

To tackle the problem, the center has started making Suzhou’s first “diet map” to give different people in different age groups with a recommended diet, and a criteria for them to judge whether their current diet is healthy or not, said Wang Bo, deputy director of the Food and School Health Department of the center.

By adopting a healthy diet, people can also keep a healthy weight, said Yang Haibing, deputy director of the center.

Also, the city plans to build 500 healthy cafeterias and restaurants by 2020 at schools and state-owned companies, providing the students and employees there with healthy and balanced food. Editor:Hiram