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This article is a contribution from Hong Kong's Department of Health.
The Department of Health (DH) recommends all persons aged 6 or above to have at least two servings of fruit a day. However, most people in Hong Kong had an inadequate daily intake of fruits according to the Health Behaviour Survey 2018/19 conducted by the DH. Many studies have shown that adequate intake of fruit can help reduce the risks of many chronic diseases and health problems.

What are the benefits of eating fruit?

Fruit is rich in ...

April 16, 2021
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aaaThe Department of Health (DH) is closely monitoring the potential adverse events after Covid-19 vaccinations by enhancing the existing passive surveillance and conducting active surveillance. Apart from requiring the authorisation applicant to report local adverse events following immunisations (AEFIs), the DH has kept in view and referred to the safety and efficacy assessment of the vaccines promulgated by the drug regulatory authorities of various countries and regions and the World Health Organization (WHO)...

March 27, 2021
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When we talk about weight, the first thing we would like to know is whether our body weight is within the standard range or not. The most common and easiest way to assess our body weight is by using the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation.

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First, measure your weight and heigh...

March 4, 2021
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Celebrations often tie with parties, which are full of fun and food. Some of the popular party foods and drinks are loaded with fat, salt and/or sugar. Frequent consumption of such will increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. For the ...

February 9, 2021
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aaaRecently, a number of confirmed Covid-19 cases were found in the district of Yau Ma Tei and Jordan over a short period of time. To cut the transmission chain, the Government has been issuing compulsory testing notices.  Persons who had been present at the relevant buildings in the specified period will have to undergo compulsory testing.  They can undergo free testing at the mobile specimen collection stations or community testing centres, such as that at Henry G. Leong Yaumatei Community Centre. They should...

January 20, 2021
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aaaThe ongoing pandemic has forced many of us to face unemployment, underemployment, or long suspensions from work. How can we adjust our mindset and find a way out? Manage anxiety and stress proactively  Anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing, as it motivates us to take action to get ourselves out of the doldrums. However, excessive anxiety may cause various physical and mental symptoms. It may damage our health and deplete our resilience. To avoid being overwhelmed, we may try the following to adopt ...

January 10, 2021
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aaaIt is time to get flu vaccination Influenza viruses and the coronavirus that causes Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may both spread in the coming winter influenza season.  A person getting influenza and COVID-19 at the same time may be more seriously ill.  Getting a seasonal influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) early during 2020/21 is therefore important. Who should get seasonal influenza vaccine (SIV)? Given that SIV are safe and effective, severe cases c...

December 18, 2020
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aaaViral gastroenteritis occurs more commonly during cooler months of the year. The most common culprits are norovirus and rotavirus. The symptoms are diarrhoea and vomiting mainly, sometimes also headache, fever, and abdominal cramps. In general, symptoms begin 1 – 2 days following infection and, depending on the type of viruses causing the illness, may last for 1 – 10 days.  If you experience symptoms, seek medical advice from your doctor promptly. Antibiotics are usu...

December 2, 2020