Healthy China: Microscope on diet and exercise in schools

China's newest health policies are focusing largely on the health and well-being of the nation's youth, it was revealed at a government press conference on Friday. 

The Healthy China Action, which promotes health and wellness for all of China's 1.4 billion people, says physical education is paramount in primary and secondary schools. In order to reduce obesity and myopia among children and adolescents, better policies will be implemented in physical education and health courses in schools. 

Experts contend that if students adopt better physical and dietary habits between home and school, their families are likely to take health more seriously.

Members of the National Health Commission. /Picture from

Members of the National Health Commission. /Picture from

"The most central, critical element is the family. To have an overall arrangement for children's holiday activities, to encourage kids, and promote more time outdoors is very important for their physical and mental health, especially the health of eyesight," said Wang Dengfeng, director of physical, health and art education at the Ministry of Education.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education will also continue to take corresponding measures to constantly improve the policy on physical education class-time protection, the strict supervision of teaching content and the evaluation of the effect of school physical education. 

(Video cover photo: Students take water from their new water room on August 3, 2018. /VCG Photo)