Events, activities and other education movements are direct connection with kids who are next generation of society. There are four main international dates raising awareness of healthy nutrition selected for educational events of the HealthEDU project:
- 22nd of March - World Water Day
- 7th of April - World Health Day
- 16th of October - World Food Day
- 8th of November - European Healthy Nutrition Day
Project partners organized educational events related to these dates. Through games, colorful and tasteful tasks organizers and children had unforgettable fun experience in their countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey) kindergartens (approximately more than 20 in every partner country). In two years of HealthEDU project duration every of these four days per year where full of activities with children. Project partners made great repository of such activities which will be included in prepared online methodological material (planning to publish on July 2018 in English and partners countries languages). Methodological material will be free and open online for everybody: primary schools teachers and kitchen staff, also parents.
Educational material which is suggested to use is HERE.
“World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.”
Activities with HealthEDU project beneficiaries for World Water Day:
Presentation with open questions, games, paintings, crafts and experiments were the main activities due to raise children knowledge about water, its usefulness and relevancy, main features and reactions. Children draw the amount of water in human body, made crafts of water drop, experiments with water (floating or sinking vegetables and fruits, melting sweets, mixing colorful liquids, etc.).
World Health Day on 7th of April is one of series of events to maintain a high-profile focus on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by World Health Organization (WHO).
“WHO was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health. Therefore “Health for all” has been guiding vision of WHO for more than seven decades.
World leaders agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.”
Activities with HealthEDU project beneficiaries for World Health Day:
As health is a lot related with nutrition, on HealthEDU activities children learnt or remembered (depends on children age) about food pyramid, drew or made it from different things (press cuttings, pictures, real food, tools), also implemented the dramatization of the healthy version of "Hansel and Gretel" in some kindergartens.
“Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries and these events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. It’s also a day for us to celebrate the progress we have already made towards reaching #ZeroHunger.”
Activities with HealthEDU project beneficiaries for World Food Day:
Activities, which educates children awareness and understanding of healthy nutrition, are the main initiatives in primary education institutions regarding HealthEDU project aims. The children had presentations on World Food Day, food pyramid, played with experiments: bonbons and colorants, if salt good for us, A letter game, a trick with an egg and do plants breathe.
The 8th of November is announced in Europe as European Day of Healthy Food and Cooking.
"The European Day of Healthy Food and Cooking aims to raise awareness of the impact that teaching children the basic principles of good nutrition can have. Habits start young. If children learn to enjoy cooking, eat healthily and exercise regularly from an early age, they are much more likely to continue such practices in adulthood. This, in turn, could contribute to lowering obesity levels in Europe, as the adults of the future would be more aware of the need for a balanced diet and physical activity." (More about 8th November)
Activities with HealthEDU project beneficiaries for European Day of Healthy Food and Cooking:
During the event kids had different tasks to do via games. They participated in taste (of vegetables, fruits) training, recognition of different vegetables, fruits (with closed eyes), guessed the quantity of sugar cubes in Coca - Cola drinks and gummies, listened to a fairy tale about healthy nutrition, were reminded about the food pyramid, were supposed to recognize healthy and unhealthy products and discussed why it is important to eat healthy food. It was so nice to see how children were interested in healthy food and to hear when children were speaking about healthy food.
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