The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Monday decided unanimously to adopt and implement through 2015 a comprehensive national plan to educate the public and encourage it to adopt a healthy lifestyle instead of focusing only on treating disease.The plan, which will cost 200 million shekels, will: encourage physical exercise by adults and children; explain proper nutrition; encourage the workplace to promote employees’ good health; discourage the sale of junk food in school vending machines and serving it in cafeterias; reduce the smoking rate; promote the development of new food varieties with higher nutritional values; restrict advertising of unhealthy food to minors via the media; and require the labeling of nutritional values in restaurants and fast-food shops and the listing of calories in unwrapped foods sold in stores and outdoor markets. The plan was initiated by the Health Ministry.
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