Jakarta (ANTARA) - Health expert Prof. Tjandra Yoga Aditama reminded people to eat a balanced diet while celebrating Eid al-Fitr to maintain health and fitness.

"In the joyous time of this Eid al-Fitr, of course, we need to always maintain health," he said here on Sunday.

According to the director of the Postgraduate School of YARSI University, one of the things that people must avoid is overeating and consuming too much junk food.

"Do not 'do revenge' (after fasting) by overeating on Eid al-Fitr and days after it. Remember, anything that is excessive is not good," he said.

One of the guides to eating a balanced diet is to fill half of the plate with vegetables and fruits, fill a quarter of the plate with rice or other choices such as corn and wheat, and fill the other quarter with proteins.

"Also, be careful when eating food that is strong in taste, spicy, or has too much fat," he added.

Meanwhile, for travellers, he advised them to anticipate tourist attractions and malls packed with visitors and avoid visiting them during the peak period.

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Aditama, who is concurrently the former director of Communicable Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO) Southeast Asia Regional Office, also advised people to balance between doing activities and have enough rest.

"We notice the current increase of COVID-19, not only its is above 1,000 cases ... but on April 21, they even surpassed 2,000 people in a single day," he remarked.

While awaiting the results of the scientific study regarding the rise in COVID-19 cases, vulnerable groups like older adults and people with comorbidities need to stay vigilant, he said.

He added that wearing a mask in indoor and public places is an important measure to prevent COVID-19 infections.

He also reminded people with disease symptoms to consult with medical professionals and those with chronic diseases to regularly take their medicines.

"Remember, Eid exodus travelers will undergo some return flows that are potentially packed and tiring, therefore, it requires good physical (health)," he said.

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