News ID: 110860
Published: 0332 GMT February 03, 2015

Ministry to create two health apps per month

Ministry to create two health apps per month

Two training applications on issues related to health will be created for mobile phones per month, said the head of the Health Ministry's Department For Training and Health Improvement.

Shahram Rafieifar added that these apps in Persian will be distributed at the national and international levels, which is aimed at promoting the culture of health and self-care among people.

Rafieifar said two apps named "Cancer Prevention" and "Health Pictures " are available in Google Play now.

The official said training courses will be offered to 200,000 university students to prepare them for becoming health ambassadors.

Rafieifar said school students are also expected to train their families, adding that the plan will help all schools, universities and families have at least one health ambassador.

Referring to the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, he said successful plans have been implemented in Iran to reduce the annual consumption of hydrogenated vegetable oil from 80 percent in 2002 to 50 percent in 2014 and soft drinks from 42 liters in 2002 to 32 liters in 2010.

"This is while the amount of cooking oil, sugar and salt used by Iranian families annually are 11 grams, 26 grams and seven grams above the global average respectively while the figure for fruit and vegetable consumption are 68 grams and 72 grams below the level. 

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