Nutrition in Schools
Ongoing work also involves going into the schools and assessing the eating habits of the kids. For example, a popular snack for school kids at morning break is an empanada (dough stuffed with cheese, deep fried in oil and topped with sugar!). Dietitian volunteer, Emma Tsoi, recently observed school children at Galo Plazas Lasso Elementary school paying attention to their eating habits and observing the school bar. Galapagos ICE will give suggestions on some changes they can make to the bar for healthier food choices, and will also give presentations to the teachers and parents so they have a better understanding of how to lead a healthier lifestyle. School Observation Report by Emma Tsoi
At most elementary schools, parents take turns bringing in desayuno escolar or breakfast at school for all the children in the class. The staple ingredient is rice as it is cheap and easy to prepare. Galapagos ICE aims to help teachers to plan meals better and to encourage parent to bring in healthier and more balanced meals for the children.
We need volunteer nutritionists to work with the parents and teachers at school and other adults in the community to raise awareness about this issue. We aim to create new habits and to change existing habits.
Working with the Local Population
Galapagos ICE volunteers are asked to visit high risk individuals in their homes to assess how they are cooking and eating. Nutritionists with culinary skills are especially valuable for this work.
Galapagos ICE has a mission to educate the community about good nutrition and its role in combating obesity and obesity-related diseases.