Increasing physical education for people between three and 18 years old is among activities Hanoi will promote to improve locals' average height (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi plans to spend more than 363 billion VND (15.5 million USD) on activities to help raise local people’s average height between 2018 and 2025.

The capital city has issued a plan to develop Hanoians’ physical strength and height until 2030, aiming to improve the quality of local human resources.

The plan looks to help local young people have stable height increase so that at the age of 18, male youth can have average height of 167.5cm by 2025 and 169cm by 2030, while females will be 156.5cm and 158cm tall, respectively.

The national averages are expected at 168.5cm among males and 157.5cm among females by 2030.

To that end, Hanoi is going to boost communications to raise public awareness, promote height increasing nutritional regimes, and step up physical education for people between three and 18 years old.

In 2017, the Hanoi Sub-department of Population and Family Planning revealed the outcomes of a study calculating average height of 1,500 people aged six and above in four districts. It showed that after 10 years, Hanoians’ height rose by 2 – 3cm, reaching 166cm for men and 155cm for women.

A survey in 2010 indicated that the average height of Vietnamese grew by only 4cm in 35 years.

In 2015, Vietnamese men were 164.4cm tall in average and women, 153.4cm, 15.4cm and 10.3cm shorter than the global averages, respectively.-VNA