Charlestown Primary Students Benefit From Healthy Choice Meals Demonstration.

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(Photo caption: (L-R) Food and Nutrition Specialist attached to the School Meals Programme on Nevis, Executive Chef Michael Henville and Celebrity Chief of Atlanta Marvin Woods,   demonstrates to students of the Charlestown Primary School how to make healthy snacks at a Mini Chief Academy session at the school’s kitchen on February 24, 2015.)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (February 24, 2015) — Charlestown Primary School students between the ages of nine and 12 had the opportunity to learn the importance of  a healthy lifestyle, at a Mini Chef Academy held at school’s kitchen on February 24, 2015. The event was held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. as part of the School Meals Programme, courtesy of the Rouse Foundation in collaboration with the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).

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(Photo caption: Students of the Charlestown Primary School participating in a Mini Chief Academy at the school’s kitchen on February 24, 2015, hosted by the Rouse Foundation, in collaboration with the Nevis Island Administration.)

The session was led by Food and Nutrition Specialist attached to the School Meals Programme Executive Chef Michael Henville, and celebrity Chief of Atlanta Marvin Woods who worked with First Lady Michelle Obama, in her School Meals programme in the United States of America.

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(Photo caption: Students of the Charlestown Primary School look on at a Mini Chief Academy session as Celebrity Chief of Atlanta Marvin Woods demonstrates how to make healthy snacks at the school’s kitchen on February 24, 2015.)

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd explained that students of a specific age range and family health background were selected to benefit from the session to teach them about healthy eating as an alternative to unhealthy snacks and to learn how to prepare healthy snacks.

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(Photo caption: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd)

She noted that it was important to teach the students about the need for behaviour change and healthy lifestyles so they would be better placed to take the message to their homes and family.

Slack-Liburd said it was more difficult to introduce those matters to adults and hence the Ministry’s decision to target that age in the school’s population.

At the end of the demonstration, each participant received a certificate of completion and chief gear.

The school also received a hydroponics system as a gift from the Rouse Foundation. It will be used to cultivate vegetables for use in the School Meals Programme at the Charlestown Primary School and other schools on the island.

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(Photo caption: Head of the Rouse Foundation, Cardiologist Dr. Charlie Rouse and Celebrity Chief of Atlanta Marvin Woods, distribute Certificates of Participation and chief gear to students of the Charlestown Primary School for their participation in the Mini Chief Academy on February 24, 2015.)

Cardiologist and Head of the Foundation Dr. Charlie Rouse, was accompanied by his wife Gerontologist Deidre Rouse, Usula Phillip and Rosalind Smith at the demonstration and while on Nevis for a three-day mission, he will be involved in other activities.

Slack-Liburd urged members of the public to take advantage of a cardiac health screening session by the Foundation from 6 to 8 p.m.at the Cherry Gardens hard-court. She reminded that persons interested in attending the screenings, should ensure they fast for at least six hours before the event.

She said the activities for the February visit by Dr. Rouse and his foundation would bring to end the Ministry’s World Cancer Day activities for 2015.  World Cancer Day is commemorated annually on February 4.

The Rouse Foundation has been in partnership with the Ministry of Health on Nevis since 2013 and, to date, has conducted three successful missions (September 2013, July 2014 and September 2014) with the island’s population.

Posted by SKN PULSE.

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