The 2015 Taichung Vegetarian Health Organic and LOHAS Expo took place at the Taichung World Trade Center a few days ago. To welcome the approaching Dragon Boat Festival, the organizers held a children’s zongzi dumpling-lifting contest and a vegetarian food competition. As well as adding to the fun, these activities also reminded parents that, as well as themselves, they should also provide their children with more vegetables and fruit to prevent them from getting fat.
The organizers said that, according to the results of a survey on students’ health carried out by the Ministry of Education, 29.4 percent of elementary school children are overweight or obese — 33.2 percent of boys and 25.1 percent of girls. In other words, one in three boys and one in four girls of elementary school age are overweight or fat.
The survey questionnaire also revealed that elementary school children’s average daily intake of vegetables is only 2.44 servings — much less than the three to five servings recommended in the newest dietary guidelines.
Photo: Su Chin-feng, Liberty Times
With Dragon Boat Festival fast approaching, the organizers joined in the festive spirit with a thoroughly enjoyable children’s zongzi dumpling-lifting contest in which children had to lift up vegetarian dumplings and the six children who held them up for the longest time won prizes, after which they ate vegetarian food along with their fathers and mothers. The message was not to let children start out as fatties, and the kids’ super-cute antics had everyone rolling in the aisles.
There were lots of healthy vegetarian foods and drinks available to try for free, as well as vegan cooking lessons and free classes about mothers’ secret tasty vegetarian home recipes, not to mention cut-price special deals on meatless foods, including some new veggie ingredients. Those who missed the show this time will have another chance to see it next year.
(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)
1. overweight adj.
過重 (guo4 zhong4)
例: The tour guide says that overweight visitors cannot go canoeing.
2. dietary adj.
飲食的 (yin3 shi2 de)
例: Prisoners with special dietary requirements will be given special meals.
3. rolling in the aisles phr.
笑聲不斷 ((xiao4 sheng1 bu2 duan4)
例: The circus clowns had the audience rolling in the aisles.
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