Springing Into a Healthy New Year

The Chinese New Year is a major festival for the Chinese community worldwide. Traditionally, a family-based reunion dinner is held on the eve of the new year, and this is followed by fifteen days of celebration which often includes visiting relatives, friends, colleagues and other acquaintances. During this festive period, hosts often provide guests with delicious snacks and meals.

The increased eating during this celebration often leads to weight gain. Being overweight is a risk factor for various health issues including heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Many snacks also have preservatives and additives, and too much of this can harm your health. Enjoy the celebrations healthily with our

8 tips to festive health

  1. Hold Hunger Back: Have a snack before visiting friends and family. If you don’t feel hungry, you are less likely to overeat.
  2. Limit Alcohol: Drinking in moderation is important, as wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages are high in calories, and alcohol in large quantities can damage the liver and kidneys.
  3. Snack Smart: It may be difficult to turn down snacks offered by your host, but you can control the amount you eat. If possible, go for healthier snack options such as unsalted nuts or sunflower seeds.
  4. Share your Servings: Festivities is a time to share joy and happiness. Instead of eating everything served to you, why not share them with the people around you? Be healthy while bringing joy to those you love.
  5. Feast on Fresh Fruit: Fruits such as mandarin oranges are a staple at Chinese New Year, so have them for a snack! In addition to quenching your thirst, this fruit is full of fibre and other nutrients.
  6. Dodge Dangerous Drinks: Avoid sugary, calorie-rich drinks such as cordial or canned drinks. Opt for plain water or tea instead.
  7. Bite Bit by Bit: Don’t rush to eat no matter how delicious the food in front of you is. Eating slower helps you to eat less, while you can enjoy the taste for longer.
  8. An Excuse to Exercise: A gathering with family and friends can be the perfect excuse for some outdoor fun! Physical activity together can help you to build better relationships while doing wonders for your health.

Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care wishes everyone a Healthy and Happy Chinese New Year!

Source: www.moh.gov.my/images/gallery/publications/cny/English-2.pdf