KUALA LUMPUR, 2 August 2019 – Ajinomoto (Malaysia) Berhad (AMB) has been continuously educating school students on the benefit of adequate vegetables intake for years through Secondary School Projects to counter act on the social health issue as 94% of Malaysians did not take adequate vegetables as recommended by WHO.
Aiming to encourage more vegetables and to inculcate balanced healthy eating habits among students, the project managed to reach 16,000 secondary students from Negeri Sembilan and Melaka in 80 sessions this year.
In conjunction with Nutrition Month Malaysia 2019 (NMM), AMB took the initiative to expand the horizon to cover primary school students through engaging roadshows. About 900 students and teachers from three primary schools in Klang Valley areas had benefited from the activities.
The main purpose of the initiative is to create awareness among students on the benefits of taking nutritious vegetables. The joint effort between NMM Committee and AMB delightfully published a colourful informative children booklet named “Saya Suka Sayur-Sayuran”. It is useful to educate children to appreciate vegetables through interesting stories about the process from farm to dining table. The inspiring story encourage students to take sufficient vegetables daily.
Besides, students were entertained with lively, interactive and fun-filled program starting with energetic “Campur, Campur, Siap!” dance. The students also had the opportunity to learn about Umami, the fifth basic taste after sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Engaging in fun quiz which was one of the highlights to motivate students to gain nutritional knowledge in a fun way. The effectiveness of the activity was elevated through the application of “Suku-Suku Separuh” Healthy Plate that was introduced by The Ministry of Health since December 2016. AMB distributed Healthy Plates to all the students as useful and handy tools to practise balanced diet intake at home.
Throughout the program, AMB educated students to master the basic nutritional knowledge on vegetables and empowered them to be more responsible in choosing food which are good for their health. The rewards for eating healthy balanced diet would be healthy growth, improvement of immune system and for a better digestion.
Ajinomoto company hopes that the activities would serve as stepping stones for young Malaysians to begin practicing balance daily diet with sufficient vegetables intake through the Secondary School Projects and Nutrition Month Malaysia Primary School Roadshows.