Participants taking part in one of the activities.

KUCHING: The haze did not dampen the spirit of villagers of Kampung No 5 Jalan Masjid from showing up for the ‘Juh Menu Sihat’ programme to celebrate Malaysia Day at Surau Nurul Islam here yesterday.

Jointly organised by Sungai Lajim national community health empowerment programme (Kospen), Sungai Lajim Neighbourhood Watch Committee (KRT) and Polyclinic of Jalan Masjid, the four-hour programme was meant to educate the public on how eating a healthy and well-balanced diet can shape the community’s wellbeing.

A talk on healthy eating delivered by family medical specialist (FMS) Dr Tiong Chong Ying was held, along with free health and dental checkups carried out by medical personnel from Polyclinic Jalan Masjid.

A villager taking part in the programme’s free medical checkup.

The village Kospen chief, Hasmawati Daud, said the programme was aimed to encourage the community to practise a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

“Through this programme, villagers can understand the importance of healthy meals as the nutrients will help to enhance our body and mind,” she told New Sarawak Tribune at the event.

She added that the programme was a follow-up to a free door-to-door health checkups programme which was held on Aug 17.

Other activities that were held included a cooking competition, a colouring competition for children aged seven to 12, and a quiz for senior citizens.

Participants taking part in one of the activities.