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Healthy Breakfast for a Good Start!

Target Group: Year 3
Rationale:
This seminar focuses on the intake of a healthy daily breakfast. It is intended to assist pupils to discover and appreciate the role of nutrition and lifestyle in relation to health. Whilst learning about the nutritional value of foods, the pupils will discover the benefits of balance and variety in the diet. The pupils will also learn how to review their own personal diet in relation to the food-based dietary guidelines. With this newly acquired knowledge, pupils will drive their efforts to engage in sound health behaviour and consequently develop healthier lifestyle habits.

Gawdi Saħħtek u Saħħet Uliedek

Target Group: Parents and care givers of Year 3 pupils
Rationale
This programme is geared towards parents and caregivers of Year 3 pupils in State and Non-State schools. It seeks to address the dietary needs of the family and to increase parents’ and care givers’ knowledge in nutrition, which will in turn improve attitudes and promote a healthier lifestyle, namely through healthier choices of food and daily physical activity. This will give a positive contribution to lessen the high incidence of non-communicable diseases prevalent in our country and improve the health of Maltese families.

This seminar is facilitated through a constructivist framework. Parents and care givers are granted the opportunity to forward their health and nutrition related concerns thus shaping the seminar themselves according to the issues pertaining to their families. In turn, this enables them to interact in a dynamic way, thus giving them a sense of empowerment.

Taste the Rainbow

Target Group: Year 5
Rationale:
This programme seeks to encourage positive attitudes towards the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Whilst learning about the nutritional value of fruit and vegetables, pupils will discover the importance of becoming critical sustainable consumers. A variety of educational activities and tools are implemented to promote fruit and vegetables as part of healthy diet. This nutrition intervention is intended to complement and support the present National School Fruit Scheme.

It’s All About You

Target Group: Form 1
Rationale
This seminar, which is geared at Form 1 students, seeks to outline the importance of appearance, grooming, ergonomic principles and effective sustainable hygiene practices in our daily living. Through a series of resources and hands-on activities, participants will explore ways of how to be sensitive to others around them by taking care of themselves and their body’s needs. Appropriate methods to ensure personal health and well-being are discussed. Myths and facts are explored through a review of scientific explanations which are vividly presented in an interactive power point presentation. Consumer products, undoubtedly, take a large toll on the environment. Various recommendations to reduce the environmental impact of personal hygiene and cleaning products on the environment are discussed. Students will meet everyday needs for hygiene and personal care through their long-standing commitment to sustainability.

Nutrition Alert!

Target Group: Form 1
Rationale
The mission of the HESC is to empower students make wise choices in the field of health and enhance their quality of life as well as that of their families. The HESC commences its mission in the Kindergarten and pursues it throughout the primary and secondary sector. This seminar aims to provide up-dated praxis on nutrition and focuses on the importance of leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This motivating and interactive seminar intends to address the health and nutrition queries and concerns of the developing adolescents. The consumption of a well balanced diet along with the need to exercise daily is promoted throughout. Special emphasis is laid on encouraging sound food consumption patterns. Practical ways on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle will be discussed. This seminar also paves the way for the Form 2 Seminar, ‘Smart Snacking’.

Aliens in our Food

Target Group: Form 2
Rationale
This motivating seminar seeks to instil in Form 2 students a sense of responsibility towards the importance of maintaining food safety and hygiene. Important and highly relevant issues for any budding adolescents are discussed and explained including cross contamination; purchasing, storing and preparing food safely; and food poisoning. ‘Aliens in our food’ is an interactive seminar which inspires and triggers young adolescents to engage in sound and positive food safety behaviour in their schools, home environments and in the community.

Smart Snacking

Target Group: Form 2
Rationale
This seminar is crucial for Form 2 students because it targets early adolescents who are in a period of rapid growth and development where their demands for energy and nutrients are relatively high. Students will understand that one way to obtain sufficient energy and nutrients and satisfy their hunger is through the consumption of nutrient-dense snacks to compliment regular meals. Adolescents will discuss how it is normal to feel hungry and have regular cravings in this life stage and these should not be ignored but satisfied with healthier approaches. Through this interactive seminar, adolescents will be empowered with knowledge and skills to select, purchase, plan and prepare healthy and tasty snacks throughout the day. Sustainability will also be explored and students will be motivated to act on reducing their carbon emissions and thus their carbon footprint. Through the use of ICT, motivating resources and hands-on teaching activities, staff at the HESC aims to give students a positive and motivating experience with regards to smart snacking and sustainability.

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