Qatar University (QU) has launched the ‘Smart Start Campaign’ for 2019-2020, which promotes a physical and psychologically healthy environment targeting children aged 3-6 years.
The campaign, in its second year, demonstrates the importance of children’s health, as the child represents the future nation.
Head of the Nutrition Department at QU, Dr Tahra El-Obaid explained that the campaign aimed to revive a healthy culture and instill proper habits in children as a preventive system. Investing in healthy growth for children, she says, is the heart of the campaign.
Assistant teacher at the QU Nutrition Department, Jazi al-Qahtani, said this year efforts were being made with the aim of raising awareness in a distinctive and developed way. She added that this year the campaigns plan consists of four stations to achieve its objectives.
The first station is a breakfast station, which teaches children essential information about the most important meal of the day. A plate station, which educates children on the main food groups and how to classify them.
A sugar awareness station, which teaches children about the dangers of excess sugar intake.
Lastly, a physical activity station highlighting the importance of physical activity in everyday life to ensure optimal growth and development.
All stations were created to reflect a friendly, energetic and fun environment that attracts children and includes activities that promote interaction between the campaigns team and children.
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