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Published 1 February 2023


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Basseterre: St. Kitts, Wednesday, February 01, 2023:​ ‘It’s Snack Time’ an animation which
focuses on promoting healthy snacking in children was launched on Tuesday, January 31 at the
CUNA Conference Centre. This health conscious initiative was a collaboration between the
Ministry of Education, Curriculum Development Unit, Lake Health Wellbeing, and the Republic
of China \ Taiwan ICDF.

Addressing the audience Mr. William Chen, Taiwan ICDF and Ministry of Health representative
outlined how ‘In Ya Kitchen’, a Ministry of Health project will collaborate with “It’s Snack
Time” initiative in promoting healthy snacking amongst the young.

“To tackle Non-Communicable Diseases, the Ministry of Health and Taiwan ICDF has
developed the ‘In Ya Kitchen’ program as a Chronic Disease Self Management tool. In 2022,
The ‘In Ya Kitchen’ program expanded its influence on the community with a number of
interactive and engaging activities. In 2023, we hope to continue this successful trend by
engaging our youth population on both islands. The goal is to reduce the prevalence of childhood
obesity,” expressed Mr. Chen

Outlining the type of support that would be provided, Mr. Chen elucidated, “This year ‘In Ya
Kitchen’ will launch several competitions that focus on healthy habits. These competitions will
engage children at the elementary level and the secondary level.”

The competitions will include; Essay Writing; Poster creation; composition of poetry and rap
music as well as a Junior Top Chef Competition. The Junior top Chef competition is slated to
start Monday, April 17, 2023 and end Monday, August 14, 2023. Mr. Chen expressed that the
winner for each competition will advance to the grand finale scheduled to be held during the
nation’s Independence celebrations.

“A collection of recipes from the competition will be published in a cookbook and some will be
featured in the 2024 ‘In Ya Kitchen’ calendar. ‘In Ya Kitchen’ and Lake Health and Wellbeing
remain committed to combating childhood obesity and reducing the impact of Non-
Communicable Diseases,” concluded Mr. Chen.

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