European day of healthy food and cooking with children

25 11 2007

I’m a bit late to report this, but better late than never… Last 8th of november was the European day of healthy food and cooking with children, co-organised by the European Commission and the European Chefs’ Association.

This day aims to encourage healthy eating among children, with a view to tackling the rising childhood obesity levels in Europe. EU officials, top chefs and school children came together for demonstrations on how to cook healthy, tasty food and workshops to promote a balanced lifestyle.

With around 22 million overweight or obese children in the EU today, the aim is to instil an interest in children in the food that they eat and to make them aware of the basic principles of good nutrition. Childhood obesity is an extremely worrying problem, with the number of overweight or obese children growing at the rate of 400 000 a year in Europe. Obese children not only suffer from health problems such as diabetes and liver disorders when they are young, but are also likely to be at high risk of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, stroke and depression as they get older.

This website for children demonstrates that eating healthily can be fun. It also provides a European forum for healthy food and cooking with first class healthy recipes and cooking advice. The website is available in 12 languages and includes an interactive cooking game so that children can learn by playing. What a shame catalan is not included among them, it would be a great way to approach 9 million potential viewers.

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