Between 2012 and 2022, the Healthy Traditions Foundation has carried out 10 editions of the “Traista cu sănătate” program. Nestlé Romania, through the Nestlé for Healthier Kids initiative, has been supporting this program since 2017.
The project is carried out as an optional in schools and kindergartens in Iasi county. In 10 years of the program, 50,000 children have benefited from education in healthy living, including 8,000 this year. Healthy Traditions Foundation has developed a unique educational package, which includes an 8-chapter book, with useful information for children and teachers, pictures and educational sheets, 32 weekly lessons, during one school year, suitable for children aged from 5 to 10 years.
According to the WHO European Regional Obesity Report 2022, in Romania, 24% of school-age children are overweight, of which 13% are obese and 55% of adults are overweight. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic added risk factors and helped increase the prevalence of childhood obesity by one percent each year of the pandemic. In this context, the Healthy Traditions Foundation organized in Iasi the Conference “Prevention of obesity in children”, in which more than 100 teachers, parents, health and education specialists participated. The conference was conducted under the auspices of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa”, in collaboration with other institutions of the Republic of Molodva and was attended by a special guest, Mihai Morar. During the event, the revised and added educational dossier Traista cu sănătate was launched.
Teacher. Univ. Dr. Veronica Mocanu, the initiator of the project “Traista cu sănătate” says: “After ten years, we are very happy to see a decrease in childhood obesity in the schools of Iasi, where we carried out the project. Obesity has decreased from 10 to 6% in Iasi. The same cannot be said for the campaign, where unfortunately there has been an increase in obesity, reaching 12%. Healthy Traditions Foundation has developed a unique pedagogical package, which includes an 8-chapter book, with useful information for children and teaching staff, pictures and pedagogical sheets, 32 weekly lessons, during a school year, suitable for children aged from 5 to 10 years”.
The Healthy Traditions Foundation has noticed over the past 10 years of the program that stress is reflected in the diets of parents and children, so they try to teach adults how to manage this stress, as they are role models for the most small. Parents are responsible for what they think, their attitude towards food, and what they buy, and they can also influence and teach their children what is right and what is wrong to do in their relationship with the food. Children tend to eat more cake when they are stressed at school or eat disorderly when they are sitting late in front of electronic devices playing games.
“I’m an advocate for balance in everything and I think we need to nurture our children’s own relationship with food. I also believe that the family meal must remain sacred. Eating together, allowing them to choose, and relying on children’s common sense are key to cultivating children’s emotions about food. In addition, school plays a special role because it is there that the relationship of children with society is essentially formed, at school many habits can be acquired. Therefore, I am pleasantly surprised that in Romania, in Iasi, we have such effective programs for the formation of healthy habits and which deserve to be extended to the national level, to reach all children and parents”, says Mihai Morar, the special guest of the event.
The educational kit contains, in addition to nutritional information and educational sheets, a series of practical activities and games for the little ones, which can be easily carried out both at home with the family, and in kindergarten or school. ‘school.
“We are honored to be the partners of the best nutrition education program in schools in the European Union. This is proof that in Romania too, projects can be developed to represent examples of good practice for the rest of Europe. This recognition of the Traista cu sănătate program is the result of a joint effort of specialists in the medical, nutritional and educational fields, as well as members of the local community of Iasi. Supporting this unique educational program in Romania complements our global goals. Through the global Nestlé for Healthier Kids initiative, we aim to help over 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030,” says Nicoleta Tupiță, Registered Dietitian and Director of Nutrition at Nestlé South East Market. .
The “Traista cu sănătate” program was launched in Iasi in 2012. It is an educational program, dedicated to children and their families, which promotes a healthy lifestyle, respecting local traditions. It is internationally recognized, being included in the International Youth Health Community (YHC) network, as well as programs in more than 10 countries. The educational program “Traista cu sănătate” was named winner of the 1st place in the category “Healthy lifestyle. Cities”, within the framework of the EU Health Award, awarded by the European Commission.
The Healthy Traditions Foundation is in talks with the Department of Education to expand the project nationwide beginning next school year. You can browse part of the book Traista cu sanatate here: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/766023075/. The educational kit can be ordered on the website https://traditii-sanatoase.ro/, and part of the money will be used by the Healthy Traditions Foundation to continue and develop the project.