Japan’s “Eat, be active and sleep well” movement was brought to Singapore to help early childhood educators learn more about the importance for young children to develop healthy lifestyle habits.

The message was delivered at a Continuing Professional Development session organised by KLCII. Entitled “A Happy Future for Children in Singapore, Starting Today” by Dr Akira MaehashiDoctor of Medicine and Professor of the Faculty of Human Sciences at Waseda University, Japan, on 23 August 2019 at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel.

Continuing Professional Development course “A Happy Future for Children in Singapore, Starting Today” session conducted by Dr Akira Maehashi

Continuing Professional Development course “A Happy Future for Children in Singapore, Starting Today” session conducted by Dr Akira Maehashi

Over 50 preschool teachers and educators attended the half-day programme at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore to better understand from Dr Maehashi why children must sleep and eat well, and be active, in order to enjoy healthy mental and physical development.

Dr Maehashi shared the findings from on his study and analysis of young children’s living habits, which says that it is common for parents to have problems related to the eating, sleeping, and physical exercise habits of their children. It also finds that disrupted sleep pattern can cause fatigue in the morning and poor participation in activities and learning performance, and how their children can be up to the mark every day.

Dr Maehashi shared with the participants how to develop and conduct effective physical education

Dr Maehashi shared with the participants how to develop and conduct effective physical education

During his discourse, Dr Maehashi also shared with the participants how to develop and conduct effective physical education classes for their children.

Dr. Akira Maehashi has conductednumerous researches across Asia to find out about the current health and living realities of local young children and study their growth, in order to deal with a range of health- and welfare-related problems that they face. He applies the expertise, knowledge and experience that he has acquired through research activities to actual childcare, nursery education and education for children.