At the global level, achieving high-quality diet for all has been emphasised in achieving ELEVEN of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs. A healthy diet provides a foundation to support progress towards targets in health, agriculture, inequality, poverty and sustainable consumption as mentioned in the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition 2017. This was stated by the Minister of Health during the Launch of the Brunei Darussalam National Dietary Guidelines For Healthy Eating And Sympsoium 2020. The event was held yesterday morning at the Ministry of Health in Berakas.
Addressing poor quality diets and malnutrition, either under or over-malnutrition, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said that it is critical to meet many of the SDG actions. Yang Berhormat added, improving nutritional status and diet of the population will definitely help to improve the development potential of individuals starting in childhood, to boost economic productivity and to reduce demands on expenditure in health later on in life.
The National Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Eating 2020 contains information and guidelines on nutrition and has been produced based on recent scientific evidence. Such a book is hoped to provide nutrition information that is accurate and trusted to the public. Also present was Doctor Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abd Latif, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Professional at the Ministry of Health. Earlier, the symposium saw the keynote presentation on the development of the Brunei Darussalam National Dietary Guidelines For Healthy Eating 2020. The 2-day symposium ends on the 17th February.