On 18th June, 2022 𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 in collaboration with 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 (𝐘-𝐕𝐈𝐀) have observed the “𝗪𝗔𝗟𝗞 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞” event on the theme “𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐬, 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐍𝐂𝐃𝐬”.
The program was graced by Dasho Drungpa, Dasho Drangpoen, Dasho OC, local leaders, sector heads, health officials, villagers, teachers and Y-VIA member- students.
This event was initiated by WHO in collaboration with YDF and MoH focusing on the issue of overconsumption of salt by Bhutanese.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗸?
The youth’s participation in Walk The Talk stimulates healthy behavior change, such as promotion of physical activity, healthy food habits, which is an important long-term investment to prevent epidemics of Non communicable diseases (NCDs).
According to 2019 STEPS survey, the average Bhutanese consumes 8.3 grams of salt per day, which is more than the 5 grams/day recommended by WHO. The most direct result of too much salt consumption is associated to hypertension, blood pressure, heart diseases, heart stroke, kidney failure and stomach cancer.
NCDs are responsible for 71% of all deaths in the world each year. Therefore, reduction of intake of foods containinghigh percentage of salts like dry fish, industrial
cheese, snacks, noodles and chips are discouraged. Limit your salt consumption to less than 5g/day.