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Dubai schools to adopt healthy eating habits

Dubai Municipality has launched the ‘Promoting Healthy Eating in Educational Institutions’ initiative to help schools across Dubai change their approach to student nutrition by offering students healthier menus in canteens and cafeterias. The initiative is set to reach more than 300,000 students across the emirate.

Dietitians will work with educational institutions to help them review their menus. The move aims to prioritise nutrient-rich foods that support both the physical and mental development of children and adolescents by including a wide range of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein sources low in saturated fat, as well as other foods that offer students essential vitamins and minerals.

Teachers and food staff will be given access to digital learning that includes content on nutrition, food safety and sustainable consumption, as well as interactive games and tools to assess learning progress.

Sultan Al Taher, director of food safety at Dubai Municipality, said: “This initiative is a proactive step for educational institutions as it promotes sustainable and healthy food systems to foster healthy future generations.

“This step towards better nutrition aims to foster healthy eating habits at a young age.”

The initiative is also an important part of Dubai Municipality’s efforts to create a sustainable food environment and actively protect the population from the risks associated with malnutrition, thereby improving the standard of living in the emirate.

Source: Gulf News

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