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National Games office established

The Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau announced today the setting up of a co-ordination office to carry out planning and implementation work for the upcoming National Games, National Games for Persons with Disabilities and National Special Olympic Games.   The National Games Coordination Office, led by three senior directorate officers, will work closely with the governments of Guangdong and the Macao Special Administration Region to co-organise the 15th National Games.            The State Council announced in August 2021 that the 15th National Games are to be co-hosted in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau in 2025, the first time Hong Kong will have co-hosted the National Games.   The three locations will also co-host the 12th National Games for Persons with Disabilities and the 9th National Special Olympic Games after the 15th National Games are held.        The Hong Kong SAR Organising Committee of the 15th National Games was formed in May, with the Chief Executive a

HK urged to support breastfeeding

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today appealed for cross-sectoral collaboration in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding to mark World Breastfeeding Week 2021.   To support breastfeeding in Hong Kong, the Government has enacted laws including the extension of statutory paternity leave to five days, extension of statutory maternity leave from 10 to 14 weeks, and amendments to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance which prohibits discrimination and harassment towards breastfeeding women.   The Department of Health also began procedures in March this year to pursue the designation of five more Maternal & Child Health Centres to support and facilitate breastfeeding.   The "Breastfeeding GPS" mobile app, which contains the latest information of over 430 baby care rooms to help parents locate breastfeeding facilities all over Hong Kong was launched in September last year.   The Government has also been promoting and supporting breastfeeding through healthcare institutions, healthcare professionals, property developers, employers, family members, community organisations and traders in the formula milk industry.   The Hong Kong Code of Marketing of Formula Milk & Related Products, and Food Products for Infants & Young Children was launched in 2017 to promote good marketing practices for formula milk and related products as well as food products for infants and children aged below 36 months.   To monitor the trend and implementation of the code, a study was commissioned by the department in 2019 on the marketing of formula milk for infants and young children, and the findings revealed that media advertisements which specifically promote formula milk targeting children under 36 months decreased significantly to 8.6% from 45% of the total number of advertisements in a similar study conducted in 2016.   Similarly, advertising expenditure on formula milk products for infants and children in Hong Kong dropped from $3.1 billion in 2015 to $2.1 billion in 2019, while ads targeting children under 36 months plunged from 93.5% in 2015 to 9.5% in 2019.   Prof Chan said the Government will continue to solicit the trade's support to comply with the code, which aims to protect breastfeeding and advocate the proper use of formula milk for infants and young children, and to formulate marketing practices in line with it.   Held annually in the first week of August, this year's World Breastfeeding Week theme is "Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility".   Visit the designated webpage for more details.
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