(Seated from left) Juma'ani and Fatimah get their blood sugar checked during the event.

KUCHING: Food literacy is vital to ensure the people's health as this would lead to Sarawak's success and advancement, said Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.

She said this means going back to the basics of food, preparation, and storage.

“If the people are not healthy, many things cannot be done. We want people in Sarawak to be healthy as the success of a state depends on its healthy people,” she said after the Women's Institute Kitchen programme yesterday.

It was organised by the Sarawak Federation of Women's Institutes (SFWI), following the Associated Country Women of the World's presentation earlier this year. SFWI chairperson Datuk Norhyati Mohd Ismail said food literacy includes knowledge and skills in choosing, preparing, and consuming food healthily.

“SFWI has much experience since its formation in 1962. We have been holding food, eating, and health programmes. The federation helps the government in tackling health issues faced today, which are related to our eating habits,” she said.

Among the contributing factors to poor health are a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits, she said.

Organised in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Health Department, and Agriculture Department, the programme was launched by Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Juma'ani Tuanku Bujang – the wife of the Chief Minister.

Source: Borneo Post Online