The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is upending life for families around the world. As schools and childcare centres close, many parents are finding themselves stuck at home for most of the day juggling childcare, full-time work and other competing responsibilities. Figuring out “What’s for dinner?” can be yet another daily challenge. 
To make things even harder, panic buying and disruptions to food supply systems mean some foods can now be difficult to find. And for many people, unemployment and lost income are making food shopping an additional financial challenge.
While many parents are understandably looking to ready meals and processed foods as a quick and low-cost way to feed the family, there are convenient, affordable and healthy alternatives. Here are five ways to help feed your children a varied, nutritious diet that will support their growth and development, all while building healthy eating habits. Visit

5 healthy eating tips 

1. Keep up fruit and vegetable intake

Purchasing, storing and cooking fresh vegetables can be challenging in a lockdown, especially when parents are advised to limit trips outside of the home. But wherever possible, it’s important to ensure children are still getting plenty of fruit and vegetables in their diet.

Whenever it is possible to get hold of fresh produce, do so. As well as being eaten fresh, fruits and vegetables can be frozen where possible and will retain most of their nutrients and flavor. Using fresh vegetables to cook large batches of soups, stews or other dishes will make them last longer and provide meal options for a few days. These can also be frozen where possible and then quickly reheated.

2. Swap in healthy dried or canned alternatives when fresh produce is not available

Fresh produce is almost always the best option, but when it is not available there are plenty of healthy alternatives that are easy to store and prepare.

Canned beans and chickpeas, which provide an abundance of nutrients, can be stored for months or even years, and can be included in meals in many ways. Canned oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon are rich in protein, omega 3 fatty acids and a range of vitamins and minerals. These can be used cold in sandwiches, salads or pasta dishes, or cooked as part of a warm meal.

Canned vegetables, such as tomatoes, do tend to contain lower quantities of vitamins than fresh produce, but they are a great fallback option when fresh produce or frozen vegetables are hard to come by. 
Dried goods like dried beans, pulses and grains such as lentils, split peas, rice, couscous or quinoa are also nutritious, long-lasting options that are tasty, affordable and filling. Rolled oats cooked with milk or water can serve as an excellent breakfast option, and can be spiced up with yoghurt, chopped fruits or raisins. Read more about metaboost connection.

3. Build up a stock of healthy snacks

Children often need to eat a snack or two during the day to keep them going. Rather than giving kids sweets or salty snacks, opt for healthier options like nuts, cheese, yoghurt (preferably unsweetened), chopped or dried fruits, boiled eggs, or other locally available healthy options. These foods are nutritious, more filling, and help build healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. 

4. Limit highly processed foods 

While using fresh produce may not always be possible, try to limit the amount of highly processed foods in your shopping basket. Ready-to-eat meals, packaged snacks and desserts are often high in saturated fat, sugars and salt. If you do purchase processed foods, look at the label and try to choose healthier options containing less of these substances. Try to also avoid sugary drinks and instead drink lots of water. Adding fruits or vegetables like lemon, lime, cucumber slices or berries to water is a great way to add an extra twist of flavor.

5. Make cooking and eating a fun and meaningful part of your family routine

Cooking and eating together is a great way to create healthy routines, strengthen family bonds and have fun. Wherever you can, involve your children in food preparation – small children can help with washing or sorting food items while older children can take on more complex tasks and help to set the table. 
Try as much as possible to stick to fixed mealtimes as a family. Such structures and routine can help reduce anxiety for children in these stressful situations.

Advice for breastfeeding children

Breastmilk remains a great food for children between 6-24 months and beyond. Women with COVID-19 can continue to breastfeed if they wish to do so. They should, however, practice respiratory hygiene during feeding, wearing a mask where available; wash their hands before and after touching the baby; and routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched. If too unwell to breastfeed due to the virus or other complications, mothers should be supported to safely provide newborns with breastmilk in any way possible.

Guest Blogger Fan Yang on Adrian Cheok |

Guest Blogger Fan Yang on Adrian Cheok |

Multisensory Internet Learning Using Five Senses. Regional Speech at Technology, Colleges, and Community Online Conference

April 18, 2:00 PM, JST (Japan Standard Time)

Adrian David Cheok Professor, Graduate School of Media Design Keio University, Tokyo, Japan will give a speech at Multisensory Internet Learning Using Five SensesTechnology, Colleges, and Community Online Conference

Description: New facilities are arising in the hyper-connected internet era within human media spaces. As a result, new types of communication environments using all the senses (including touch, taste, and smell) can be developed which can increase support for multi-person multi-modal interaction and remote presence. In this alternative computing environment and space based on an integrated design of real and virtual worlds there are different research prototype systems for interactive communication and possibilities for new collaborative internet learning using all of our senses. This allows interaction between humans and their avatars with the aim of novel interactive communication and entertainment.

Pr Adrian David Cheok present Mixed Reality in AR summit India 2013 | Réalité Augmentée – Augmented Reality

Pr Adrian David Cheok present Mixed Reality in AR summit India 2013 | Réalité Augmentée – Augmented Reality

Speech at Indonesia Creative Power Symposium

Speech at Indonesia Creative Power Symposium. Adrian David Cheok. Abstract: For the first time in human history we have infinite, global, 24/7 communication. We live in the era of hyperconnectivity. This will revolutionize almost all sectors of business and society. I will particularly mention about the change of kids learning requiring creativity in the internet age, and connecting everything and every sense to the internet. Digital media contents is one of the emerging fields that can provide high value add to the economy and career of youth in hyperconnected era.

THack @ WIT Singapore – high commended, gamification, creativity and more | Tnooz

THack @ WIT Singapore – high commended, gamification, creativity and more | Tnooz

Speech at WIT 2012 in Singapore

Prof Adrian David Cheok kicking off the future of content. The world today: new humans who are constantly communicating, accelerated change, also means skills get rapidly obsolete too. Tinker to survive in this world of change. Move from information communication to experiential communication. Mixed Reality. Touch, squeeze, taste transmitted through Internet. Taste and smell transceiver communications. Future travel, world of virtual reality. – @webintravel- #webstagram

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The future of content beyond words. Panel at WIT 2012 Singapore.

Panel discussing the future of content beyond words, even reality. Joining Adrian Cheok and George Mitchell are Gordon Locke of D Custom, Melissa Yang of Tujia and Ross Veitch of Discussing how interfaces can help expedite tasks. How quality of visuals / content can strongly influence decision making. – @webintravel- #webstagram

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Future of Content. Speech at WIT2012

Future of Content. Speech at WIT2012

THack @ Singapore Internet Start Up Competition

  • Judges
  • Professor Adrian David Cheok, Keio University Grade School of Media Design, Japan
  • Valyn Perini, CEO, OpenTravel Alliance
  • Rajnish Kapur, chief innovation and customer experience officer, MakeMyTrip

THack@WIT, an open travel hackathon, organized jointly by WIT and Tnooz, will once again be held in conjunction with the Web In Travel conference in Singapore Oct 15-17.

This year’s THack@WIT will be a virtual event with developers gathering in Singapore to showcase their solutions in front of a live audience at the WIT Bootcamp on October 15. A winning solution will be picked by a panel of judges and announced at the WIT Conference, Oct 16-17.

Developers are being invited to take part in this annual hackathon aimed at bringing together travel industry APIs and the development community to brainstorm and create new digital travel products and web or mobile-based tools.

With Abacus as the Foundation Partner, THack@WIT is an evolution of the successful internal developer days held by Abacus in previous years at WIT. This year’s sponsors include Expedia Affiliate Network and Travelport GDS.

Last year’s THack@WIT was attended by about 30 developers from across the region and produced a winning solution, “‘Find Your Travelling Parent”.

Developers from across the travel, tourism and hospitality industry are welcome to attend, as well as engineers and technicians from local academic institutions in the region. The event is FREE for developers to attend and participate.

WIT Bootcamp: Adrian David Cheok to speak on Panel on Innovation: So What’s The Secret Sauce?

9.10-10.00 Innovation: So What’s The Secret Sauce?
Is there a secret formula for innovation? Is it about the right team? How do you create the right environment for innovation. We ask a panel of experts to share their views on what are the crucial ingredients that differentiate great companies from good.

Opening Volley:
Rod Cuthbert, Interim Chairman, Rome2Rio

Adrian Currie, Board Management Member, Priceline Group
Rajnish Kapur, Chief Innovation & Customer Experience Officer, MakeMyTrip
Stephan Ekbergh, CEO, Travelstart
Prof Adrian David Cheok, Professor, Keio University Graduate School of Media Design, Tokyo, Japan
Kingsley Wood, Business Development, Asia Pacific, Amazon Asia-Pacific Resources
Arun Verma, Techology & Innovation, AirAsia

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