A study on the Brunei Darussalam National Health and Food Status in 2011 showed 34.6 percent of children aged from 5 to 14 years old drank sweetened beverages daily. One out of two children aged 5 years old was overweight or obese. Hence, the Ministry of Health through the Health Promotion Centre with the cooperation of Universiti Brunei Darussalam undergraduates this morning organised a campaign called Kempen Lakas Tah Minum Air Kosong or "Let's Drink Plain Water".
The Perpindahan Lambak Kanan Primary School is one of the schools selected in the pilot campaign. The effort encourages the pupils, teachers and school staff to drink plain water as the choice health drink. There was also a colouring and drawing competition. Prizes and certificates were presented by Awang Haji Zakaria bin Haji Kamis, Health Promotion Centre Officer.
The Lakas Tah Minum Air Kosong campaign is from 1st February to 15th March this year. For the start, the pupils were briefed on the benefits of drinking plain water and encouraged to bring plain water to school every day. Water is very important especially for the children's mind. In particular, it helps to improve their understanding and sustainability in learning. With the said approach, the Ministry of Health hopes the schools and parents will be more aware of the need to prepare or provide healthy food and drinks to the pupils. It is not simply for self-interest but also to help control overweight or obesity among pupils between the ages of 5 to 14 years old.
Source: Radio Television Brunei