MEUSAC promotes the EU healthy eating initiatives
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Malta EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) organised two information sessions for undergraduate students at the University of Malta on Healthy Eating and the European Union’s School Fruit Scheme. The sessions were intended primarily for those students reading for a B.Ed. degree. It was a one time opportunity for aspiring educators to obtain firsthand knowledge about how the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is promoting healthy eating locally in all primary schools.
In 2008, the European Commission adopted a proposal for an EU-wide scheme to provide fruit and vegetables to school children. The scheme makes available funds for sustainable fruit and vegetable supplies for schools. It also provides added incentive for schools and local authorities to get involved in promoting horticulture and healthy eating.
With 22 million children in the EU considered to be overweight, the fruit scheme encourages a healthy lifestyle and eating habits from an earlier age. The scheme also encourages good eating habits. Moreover, it also increase encourages consumption among parents, siblings and teachers.
These sessions were two of a series of events on healthy eating falling under a European Commission (DG Agriculture) co-financed information measure entitled “EU’s CAP: Now and Beyond” implemented by MEUSAC in partnership with the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs and Permaculture Research Foundation.
Activities already implemented under this project included a national conference on the CAP, interactive activities during the Imnarja Festival, visits by primary school students to the Ghammieri Government Farm, a Green Calendar Competition for primary school students and the publication of an information leaflet, Towards Sustainable Agriculture. Another publication, CAP for All, will be published in the coming weeks.
Addressing the seminar were officials from the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs, the Health Promotion Unit, Frott Artna, and the Home Economics Seminar Centre. The seminar was organised in collaboration with the University of Malta.