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CUHK Releases Results of 'Survey on Toddler Health in Hong Kong'
Date:5/25/2009

the age of 18 months.

Mr Shum Kwok-cheung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, introduced the study and its methodology along with key data learned. Dr. R.W. Chiu, a local paediatrician, and Ms. Ingrid Kan, Accredited Dietician at St Teresa's Hospital, then offered their interpretations and recommendations based on the findings. Also on the panel was Mr. Heiko Schipper, Head of Milks Business Unit, Nestle Greater China Region, who offered insights into how the company has been working on advances in children's formula to help counter common ailments.

Speaking about how the survey was conducted, Mr Shum said, "We contacted 1,103 parents in Hong Kong and asked them a series of questions regarding toddler health, including the frequency of various symptoms of physical distress, number of times consulting medical professionals in relation to such symptoms, and basic information about diet and exercise."

Dr. Chiu said, "What is clear is that Hong Kong toddlers are not as healthy as they could be. The frequency of visiting doctors is quite surprising. Also, Hong Kong toddlers' ability to act independently and take care of themselves is weaker. Parents often have too little time due to work- related pressures, and their care for children therefore manifests in paying too much attention to clean environments and ensuring children are fed rather than looking at their children's diet and development from a holistic point of view."

Ms. Kan noted that 20% of parents said their children were fussy eaters. Among children age three and younger, the most popular foods were fruit and milk.

"Diet is one of the most overlooked factors in bolstering toddler health and immunity and preventing illness," said Ms. Kan. "We get out of our bodies what we put into them, so foods and supplements that contain balanced levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients will go a long way toward en
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SOURCE Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies,CUHK;Nestle Hong Kong Ltd.
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