What’s the real cost of splashing the cash?


by Nguyen Thanh Ha Too many Vietnamese are over indulgent, spend too much on expensive cars, gadgets, holidays, wine, beer, karaoke, girlfriends and meals that often cost up to VND2-3 million per head. They include many businessmen living on borrowed money and borrowed time. But, all-in-all, the "me, me, me" disease also afflicts honest entrepreneurs and their, often, spoiled children. Even the children of the so-called working class love flaunting their VND10-15 million smart phones, fancy … [Read more...]

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Over 60 million constituents go to the vote


Millions of voters got up early to cast their votes at voting precincts nationwide. Secretary General and National Assembly Chair, Nguyen Phu Trong said that the election scale was the largest ever in Vietnam. At 5.30 am, voting precincts in Si Ma Lai, in the northern mountain province of Lao Cai opened. A H'mong girl named Hoang Thi Din, 21, from Pho Cu hamlet, said: "We hope that elected National Assembly deputies will are not only interested in the country's great issues, but also the young … [Read more...]

Abbott committed to build healthier communities in Vietnam


Abbott's mission is to improve people's lives has once again been recognized by credible benchmark Dow Jones Sustainability Index. As a member of local community, Abbott has worked with partners to focus on improving nutrition, training health care staff, strengthening health systems, and expanding community education.Lead in economic and social performance Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), one of the most prestigious global benchmark for corporate responsibility and sustainability, has … [Read more...]

WHO urges Vietnamese to eat less salt

Senior citizens practice laughter yoga, a therapy that offers potential benefits to cardiovascular health. Reducing salt intake is one of the most effective ways for countries to improve population health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, according to WHO. - VNS Photo Viet Thanh

HA NOI (VNS) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Vietnamese people to eat less salt in order to prevent cardiovascular disease, the major cause of death in the country. … [Read more...]

WHO calls on Vietnamese to reduce salt intake

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Vietnam to take action against salt overuse in a bid to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke and save lives. The message was made on the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29). According to preliminary survey conducted by the National Nutrition Institute, Vietnam's average salt consumption among people aged 26-64 ranges from 12-15 grams per person per day, while the recommended level is less than 5 grams. Nearly … [Read more...]

Vietnam should cut salt intake for better health: WHO


Sixty percent of the Vietnamese population consume salt over two times as much as WHO's recommended level, so the country should take action against the abuse of salt to reduce deaths from heart diseases and stroke, the World Health Organization warned Monday. The warning was released yesterday, September 29, the World Heart Day. The WHO's recommended level is less than 5 g, or one teaspoon, while the average amount of salt intake in Vietnam is from 12-15 g per person aged 25-64 per day, the … [Read more...]

WHO urges Vietnamese to reduce salt consumption


At a saltworks in Vietnam. The World Health Organization is calling on Vietnam to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO's sodium reduction measures. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people should reduce salt consumption


The Hanoitimes - On the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29), the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds Vietnamese citizens to curb salt use to prevent heart disease and stroke. According to the National Nutrition Institute, average salt consumption for Vietnamese aged 25-64 ranges from 12-15 grams per person each day, which exceeds the five gram daily limit recommended by the WHO. Nearly 60% of the country's population consumes twice the WHO recommended maximum limit. … [Read more...]

Vietnam urged to reduce salt consumption

(VOV) - On the occasion of World Heart Day (September 29), the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds Vietnamese citizens to curb salt use to prevent heart disease and stroke. According to the National Nutrition Institute, average salt consumption for Vietnamese aged 25-64 ranges from 12-15 grams per person each day, which exceeds the five gram daily limit recommended by the WHO. Nearly 60% of the country's population consumes twice the WHO recommended maximum limit. WHO warns the main cause … [Read more...]

Da Nang primary schools to apply standard menus

The representatives of National Nutrition Institute, Da Nang Education and Training Department and Ajinomoto Vietnam Co., Ltd. present standard menus to the representatives of primary schools in Danang city Da Nang's Department of Education and Training, the National Institute of Nutrition, and Ajinomoto Vietnam Company organized a conference to introduce the Menu book of the School Meal Project to local boarding primary schools on May 15. The project is hoped to improve school menus' nutrition … [Read more...]

Child malnutrition treatment named top priority

Vietnam should give top priority to dealing with malnutrition among children - the country's future, experts advised at a seminar in the central city of Da Nang on April 16. Participants at the event, co-organised by the National Assembly Standing Committee's Institute for Legislative Studies and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), stressed the need to include nutrition examination and consultancy services and special treatment products in the list of things covered by health insurance. This … [Read more...]

30% Vietnamese adults suffer from hypertension: heart institute


About 10 million Vietnamese aged 25-64 suffer from high blood pressure, which can cause dangerous complications, even leading to sudden death, health experts say. According to Dr. Do Doan Loi, deputy director of Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital and head of the Vietnam National Heart Institute, the number of people with hypertension in Vietnam has increased rapidly. In 1960, only 1 percent of the Vietnamese population suffered from hypertension, but the figure soared to 8-9 percent in 1990 … [Read more...]

Secret killer on the loose in Vietnam, doctors warn

A stroke patient is examined in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo courtesy of Tiep Thi & Gia Dinh Newspaper

Surveys have revealed an increase in bad cholesterol levels among the Vietnamese population, prompting doctors to call for increased awareness and alertness about the silent killer. Doctor Le Bach Mai, deputy head of the National Nutrition Institute, said it is very hard to recognize the first signs of high cholesterol, or cholesterol disorder, and the condition is thus named "the most silent killer." "It strikes us very secretly. Only when we feel fatigue and chest pains that we know we have … [Read more...]

3.2 mln Vietnamese children suffer from malnutrition

Height and physical fitness are 20 percent dependent on genetic factors and 80 percent on nutrition, living environment, and exercise, the doctor said.

About 26.7 percent of Vietnamese children under five years old suffer from malnutrition, 16.2 percent of whom are underweight, while childhood obesity has increased by nine times over 10 years, National Institute of Nutrition has warned. The figures were released by the Institute's Media Center at a press conference held on Tuesday to introduce the launch of their "Week of Nutrition and Growth", which will last from October 16-23. According to the latest statistics, the total number of … [Read more...]

Cash crunch weighs down on Vietnam’s plan to improve average height

The social affairs ministry has put off a US$10 billion program to increase the population's average height by providing free milk to school children at least until next year, citing the government's cut in public spending.

For the last several months officials from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs have been discussing the "School milk" plan to provide fresh milk daily to 400,000 children at nurseries and primary schools in the country's 62 poorest districts. A ministry source told Tuoi Tre newspaper the plan, which was to have been submitted to the government at the end of this year for approval, would wait until the economy recovers. The government, whose finances are in the red, is cutting … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people shortest in Southeast Asia


After three decades, Vietnamese people are only about 4 cm taller and have the lowest average height in Southeast Asia, according to a recent survey. The Vietnamese national average height is only 4 cm more than that of three decades ago. It is the lowest in Southeast Asian countries involved in the survey as well as lower than national averages in South Korea, Japan and China, according to a recent survey by the National Nutrition Institute. Accordingly, the average height of Vietnamese … [Read more...]

The Vietnamese are shortest in the region

Photo for illustration.  This information was given at the workshop "Raising the height of Vietnamese children" held by the National Nutrition Institute in Hanoi on Monday.

VietNamNet Bridge - The indicators on height show that the Vietnamese are shortest in the region. Compared to neighboring countries, the height of the Vietnamese is far behind. Accordingly, the average height of Vietnamese young men at the age of 22-26 (2010 survey) is 1,644 m, the lowest compared with 13 countries in Southeast Asia and some European countries. Specifically, the height of young men in Thailand (studies from 1991-1995) was 1,675 m, in South Korea (2006) was 1,739 m. The … [Read more...]

Tien Giang builds agricultural markets

HCM City's neighbouring province of Tien Giang has built 75 wholesale markets for agricultural produce, including eight in new countryside areas. Farmers and businesses are being encouraged to use these markets, which totally cost the province more than VND115 billion (US$5.5 million). DAU TU (Vietnam Investment Review) Social bank hands out $5.5b in loans The Viet Nam Bank for Social Policies has offered more than VND118 trillion (around US$5.5 billion) in preferential loans to social … [Read more...]

Childhood obesity at alarming level in five major cities


Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho have 88,000 overweight or obese children, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the country's total number of such children, a report released at a recent seminar says. The figures were announced at a symposium on nutrition among urban children recently held by the Sociology and Medicine Institute. Nguyen Anh Tuan, an expert from the HCMC Health Department, also pointed out that at many schools in the city, one of every five students is … [Read more...]

Vinamilk inaugurates USD114 million fresh milk plant

Vietnam's largest dairy producer, Vinamilk, on September 10 inaugurated the second fresh milk plant in the southern province of Binh Duong. This is one of the world's most modern fresh milk plants, invested with production line for both domestic demand and exports. The new fresh milk plant will be built on an area of 20 hectares with total investment capital of VND2.4 trillion (USD114 million). It will produce more than 400 million liters of milk a year in the first phase, and in excess of … [Read more...]