"Healthy Maxims" for the Year of the Pig

The last date of the Year of the Dog will fall on 17 February 2007. Families may celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig by visiting the New Year Fairs or shopping around after the family reunion dinner.

During the New Year days, Chinese will follow the custom of putting up well wishing slogans and flowers such as peach blossom or peony at homes or in work places. In addition, they will buy or prepare new year snacks and delicacies with good omens such as new year cake, deep-fried dumplings, glutinous rice dumplings, abalone and preserved pork for serving guests and families, so that everybody will be blessed with a good start in the new year.

While purchasing or preparing new year foods, the public are advised to observe the following food safety tips:

Careful Selection

Proper Storage

Healthy Consumption

Besides paying attention to food safety, we should also maintain a balanced diet. Exercise regularly, and take at least 2 servings of fruits and 3 servings of vegetables every day. Avoid eating too much New Year food with high sugar, high fat and high cholesterol content.