Students in grades 2 – 6 from Providenciales Primary School had a chance to practice hands on nutrition as they took part in Nutrition Education classes put on by Nutrition in Demand a non-profit organization founded by Registered Dietitian, Mrs. Tamika Handfield. These classes were held June 12th -14th during the school’s “Keeping Healthy Week”.
The nutrition education sessions were divided into two main sections: education and cooking. During the sessions, some classes discussed the importance and goodness of whole grains and learnt how to read food labels while other classes discussed healthy snacking. The students, dressed in their kitchen attire of aprons and chef’s hats, got to play chef by peeling, grating, chopping and stirring as they prepared a healthy recipe which they all enjoyed afterwards. According to Mrs. Handfield, “The children fully enjoyed these sessions and are more likely to continue to eat these foods because they got to prepare the recipe and it was done in a fun environment.”
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Sian Jones, Principal, said “Each term we have a “Keeping Healthy Week” at our school during which the children participate in activities designed to encourage them to work towards building and maintaining a healthy body and mind. Tamika’s sessions were a focal point of this term’s week with the children thoroughly enjoying learning about the importance of healthy food choices in an informative but fun way.” Ms Jones continues, “We are delighted to be working with Tamika to promote healthy lifestyles and would like to thank her for her generous donation of an array of cooking utensils and equipment. These will allow more children throughout the school to access this important aspect of our health education curriculum through hands-on cooking activities.” The school and Nutrition in Demand will also collaborate to produce a child friendly healthy recipe cookbook.
The nutrition education/cooking program, donation of kitchen utensils and the recipe book were all made possible with funds raised from the 2nd annual Nutrition in Demand’s Move-a-thon (formerly known as ACCU Nutrition Move-a-thon). According to Mrs. Handfield, “This event, held every second weekend in January, has quickly become one of the country’s premier events. It gives persons an opportunity to kick start their healthy New Year’s resolutions as well as donate much needed funds to Nutrition in Demand a non-profit organization aimed at raising awareness to health and healthy eating.”