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PGIMER Has taken the first-ever initiative to regulate trans fatty acids

Yadavindra S Rana | November 27, 2021 08:19 PM

CHANDIGARH:Trans-fats in fast food are major causes of heart and other non-
communicable diseases worldwide.These are a form of unsaturated fat associated with a
number of negative health effects. Its easy availability among school going children in the
form of pizzas, burgers, noodles, cookies, chips, bakery items, etc.

is a matter of deep concern, said Dr. Sonu Goel (Professor, Department of Community Medicine and School of
Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh), Chief Organiser of the event during the release of a
quarterly newsletter entitled "Trans Fat Free Schools", developed under the research project.
The project aims to strengthen the management of hypertension services through
capacity building, media and communication and stakeholders' engagement in Punjab. Giving
a brief description of the newsletter, he mentioned that the newsletter presents the global and
national scenario of trans fat regulation in schools besides highlighting the 10-pointer charter
of FSSAI regulation which needs to be urgently implemented in both public and private
schools.
Dr. Poonam Khanna, Associate Professor of Nutrition in the department  mentioned
that the consumption of fast foods and sugar sweetened beverages (fruit juices, carbonated &
energy drinks) has been increasing in Indian children since last two decades which leads to
dental caries, childhood obesity, and high cardio metabolic risks. PGIMER has taken the
first-ever initiative to regulate Trans fatty Acids (TFA) in the state of Punjab by signing an
MoU with Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Govt. of Punjab for trans fat surveillance
and regulation in the state, she added.
Dr. Paramjyoti, Program Officer, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK),
Chandigarh, informed that RBSK is working to improve the overall quality of life of children
by educating them about healthy eating habits. She assured full support to the PGIMER
initiative in dissemination and active implementation of guidelines of Transfat Free Schools
in Chandigarh.
While appreciating the initiative taken by PGIMER, Dr. Palika Arora (PCS) Director,
School and Higher Education, Chandigarh asserted that school students and teachers must be
made aware of healthy foods and ill effects of trans fats. “The 10-point charter given in the
newsletter will guide in preparing a road map for trans fat free schools in Chandigarh”,
reiterated Dr. Arora.
All the experts pledged to support the initiatives of PGIMER to eliminate trans fat
from school canteens and follow the FSSAI guidelines for trans fat regulation in schools.

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