▲ Jeju schools will ban instant foods. Photo by B Kim
To tackle youth obesity, Jeju Education Office will ban instant food sales in schools from next year.
According to the ‘School Health Improvement Manual,’ announced on Nov 17, students at schools from kindergarten to high school will not be able to consume instant foods. Snack bars on school premises will either close or become "healthy snack bars.’
Jeju's youth are the most obese in the nation and the province is the first nationwide to implement anti-obesity measures in schools, although trials have taken place elsewhere.
In other health-related measures, students will be required to walk or run at least 1 kilometer every day, and there will be special programs for overweight students.
Smartphones will also be banned to improve health as the report states they discourage both physical exercise and communication between friends.
The smartphone ban will be brought into kindergarten and elementary schools first with junior high and high schools following suit on a voluntary basis. By 2017, the measure will be compulsory for all schools.
The province aims to achieve average obesity levels by 2018 and the lowest in the nation by 2020. By 2025, obesity levels should be exemplary by the standards of advanced economies.
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