Growing Height in Vietnam
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
The ministries of Health; Education and Training September 4 launched a program for the growth of height of Vietnamese youths in Hanoi.The Fatherland Central Committee has given 1 million glasses of milk to the disadvantaged youth. Meanwhile, America's First Lady wants children to eat carrots.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that the country is facing the highest rates of stunted growth because of malnutrition and the childhood obesity.
Minister said children in remote and mountainous districts are malnourished while their peers in major cities are obese, pointing out that a nutrition study shows that Vietnamese youths are shorter than the World Health Organization’s standard and their peers in the Southeast Asia. This will affect the country’s future human resource.
Accordingly, the program aims to raise Vietnamese youths’ height.
The program is paving the way for the effective implementation of program Glasses of Milk in Schools that is waiting for approval by the prime minister and is part of the project for raising Vietnamese youths' stature in the period 2011-2030 approved by the Prime Minister in April, 2014.