Minister of State for Happiness visits school to promote health goals

DUBAI, 30th January, 2017 (WAM) — Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, stressed the importance of promoting healthy practices and behaviour among school students, such as adopting correct eating habits, to raise a fit, aware and happy generation.

Al Roumi and Humaid Al Qatami. Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), visited the GEMS Wellington International School – Dubai . They were accompanied by 15-year-old entrepreneur Haile Thomas, the youngest CEO and founder of Happy Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to engage, educate, empower, and inspire healthier generations through plant-based nutrition and culinary education programs, community outreach, and advocacy around healthy lifestyle choices.

The visit was in line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the National Programme of Happiness and Positivity, and the Dubai Health Authority to promote health and happiness initiatives in schools.

Al Roumi and Al Qatami were briefed on the initiatives adopted in the school to promote health, sports, cultural and awareness activities among the students.

Building a healthy and happy society requires co-operation, and promotion of healthy eating habits in the society, especially among the school students, Al Roumi said.

The nation aims to eliminate chronic diseases and build a healthy society, she added.

She emphasised the importance of creating a healthy environment for children and inculcating correct and healthy habits among them.

The school and parents play an important role in raising awareness among the children about healthy eating habits, correct behaviour, the need to avoid harmful food and physical activities, she noted.

The partnership with the National Programme of Happiness and Positivity would help the authority in promoting its goals of establishing a happy and healthy society, Al Qatami remarked, stressing the keenness of the DHA to build strong partnerships with all the organisations concerned.

The authority is drafting an important memorandum of co-operation that aims to promote healthy life patterns among the student communities, he revealed. He praised the efforts of the National Programme of Happiness and its outstanding role in achieving the best lifestyle for the UAE residents in compliance with modern life.

In an interactive session, Al Roumi interviewed Thomas about her experience in the healing journey of her father who suffered diabetes.

Thomas also spoke about challenges she faced in launching her organisation and factors behind her success.