Switch to healthy drinks for your kids, DOH tells parents

MANILA-- The Department of Health (DOH) urged parents to prepare nutritious and healthy drinks for their children in line with the opening of classes on Monday.

"We promote healthy drinks...You know, there are certain amount of sugar in beverages (sugar sweetened beverages) so (the advice of DOH is) switch to more nutritional and healthier drinks --water, natural fruit juices and the likes that goes consistent with the general program that really promote health in communities and environment," said DOH Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle in a press briefing held at National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City.

Valle added that based on various data, sugar-sweetened beverages have very little nutritional value and are one of the causes of diseases and obesity among children.

Valle made the reminder as the agency led the celebration of National Kidney Month Celebration 2017 with the theme "Wastong Pangangatawan...Sakit sa Bato Kayang Maiwasan".

In line with this, he stressed that a healthy lifestyle is the key to good health.

The DOH official also reiterated that the agency backs the imposition of higher taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages which can lessen consumption of the latter.

"Taxation or increasing the price is proven a workable techniques sa smoking so it might also work or mostly work sa ating beverages sugar sweetened beverages," he said.

He added that laws on smoking and taxation on sweetened beverages can be a big health investment in line with the goal of fulfilling the Philippine Health Agenda.

"I'm happy to see the (Duterte) administration starting to look at the laws smoking, tax on sugar on sweet beverage," he added.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been suggested as a contributory factor to the rising levels of childhood obesity being recorded in many countries worldwide.

Source: Philippines News Agency