Promoting Eating Healthy at Young Ages Through - CLHK Program

Monday, September 9, 2019 12:12 PM- George's, Grenada
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Ministry of Agriculture and Lands-6th September 2019, Teaching children how to eat healthy at a young age increases  the likelihood of them  staying healthy throughout their lives.

This practice is associated with  good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health . 

These attributes are the focus of the Grenada Food & Nutrition Council ( GFNC), as the Council promotes eating healthy at young ages through its Curious Little Hands in the Kitchen Program (CLHK).

The Council  through collaboration with the 4H  Club, held its first  CLHK’s session for 2019  at the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic School at Byelands, one of the pilot schools under the Zero Hunger Initiative, on Wednesday  28th August , 2019.

10 students from the School’s 4H club, under the guidance of officers of the GFNC were trained to create five dishes as replacements for  unhealthy snacks and beverages.

The items produced include Avocado Sandwiches, Carrot Sandwiches, Banana Mango Bread, Fruit Pizza and Chiky  Plantain Tots. The students, who worked in three groups were allowed to work with local fruits and vegetables such as  watermelons, cantaloupes, avocados and plantains

Their training included basic kitchen safety guidelines and techniques, such as grating and mincing .

There were positive reviews from the students about the training session as they explained the different techniques used.

“I made sandwiches with avocadoes and cheese, I grated the cheese and spread it on the bread. I also made open face sandwiches,” said Shanika Bedeau.

Jadie Morin  explained how he made Chiky Plantain Tots, “I grated the plantain, added  chicken and seasoning, rolled into balls then placed into the oven.”

The teacher responsible for the 4H club, Ms. Fabian Lalitte, who  was influential in bringing the program to her school  said, “I thought it was a good idea  to expose them (students) to healthy snacks . This would help the children to  think wisely as they would be more conscious of what they are eating. They had fun so I think they would share what they have learnt with the other students.”
The Grenada Food and Nutrition Council has worked with over 10 schools to implement the Curious Little Hands in the Kitchen Program. Ms. Jessie Douglas, Community Nutrition Supervisor at the GFNC, underscored the importance of the program.

“We want to start with our young children. We want them to get an appreciation for local foods and help them prepare these foods. We expect them to go home and share with their families and friends on the items they prepared.”

“We often times tell children how to eat healthy, but we do not show them  how to  prepare  healthy foods. What they learn today will benefit them,” said Ms. Annah Abraham, Agricultural Officer within the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, responsible for the St. Andrew’s District of the 4H Unit .

The Program provides a foundation for healthy eating by inspiring children to learn to cook easy, inexpensive, tasty foods,  using  locally grown produce.




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