Rule #8-5-1-0 being introduced that involves aspects of nutrition, exercise and rest for the overall health of school-going children
With an objective of improving the health of school-going children, a health rule (or ‘health tenet’ or ‘health mantra’ or ‘health formula’) of 8-5-1-0 has been devised, focusing on the methodology of achieving optimum wellness and fitness levels by children. The rule, involving aspects of nutrition, exercise and rest, aims to bring a paradigm shift in the well-being of children and serve as a practical tool to parents and school authorities across the country to guide children on health-related aspects. The innovative and holistic rule was discussed at a round table discussion and conference of over 20 school principals, organised by Food Future Foundation and Country Delight, in Hyderabad.
The rule of ‘8’ advises at least eight hours of sleep every day. The rule of ‘5’ highlights the significance of eating right and lays thrusts on eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. The rule of ‘1’ emphasises the need for physical activity for at least one hour every day. The rule of ‘0’ lays emphasis on the need to have zero unhealthy diet zero tolerance towards food wastage, and reduced screen time.
The health rule of #8-5-1-0 will go a long way in addressing many of the concerns related to kid’s health. The promulgation of this practical rule is in line with the “Live Better and Choose Better’ campaign and belief of Country Delight which has been at the forefront of educating and promoting healthier lifestyles among the population by making better food choices.
Pawan Agarwal, CEO of Food Future Foundation and former CEO of FSSAI, said, “As custodians of community well-being, we recognise the pivotal role that health-related aspects play in shaping our future – the children, by incorporating the all-encompassing rule of 8-5-1-0 related to health and wellness. Both Country Delight and Food Future Foundation intend to reach out to schools across the nation in a major way so as to help them understand and adopt the health formula.”