HA NOI ― Vietnam aims to raise the average height of men and women at the age of 18 to 168.5cm and 157.5cm respectively by the year 2030, according to a 20-year national programme approved by Prime Minister.
The programme, which is expected to cost VND6 trillion (US$288.5 million), will target all stages of growth from pregnancy, according to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
The programme, approved in 2011, is divided into two phases, from 2011 to 2020 and the other period till 2030. Accordingly, the average height for men will be 167cm by 2020 and 168.5cm by 2030. For women, it will be 156cm and 157.5cm respectively.
The programme's tasks are to offer a plan for adequate nutrition and health care as well as education on physical fitness for people aged 3-18 years.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Khanh Hai said the cost of the national programme would come from both State budget and communities.
Doctor Dang Quoc Chinh, who is in charge of the programme, said there were 46 nations working on physical fitness development, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Nutrition played the major role in the growth process, he said, adding that it must be the focus right from pregnancy.
Main factors affecting the height and fitness of a person include nutrition, 31 per cent; heredity 23 per cent; sports, 20 per cent; and the environment and social psychology, 26 per cent. ― VNS