Healthy eating initiative launched in Limerick

Healthy eating initiative launched in Limerick

Local children enjoy the party at the fun day in Caherconlish Community Hall for the launch of the Community Food Initiative Picture: Michael Cowhey

The Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, was a hive of activity last week when a community fun day was held to launch of the Safefood Community Food Initiative in Limerick.

The purpose of the initiative, sponsored by Safefood and Ballyhoura Development, is to encourage young children to eat healthier and to combat the problem of obesity in Ireland.

“We’re trying to work with families to raise awareness of healthy eating and healthy foods, with a particular focus on families with young children,” said community development manager at Ballyhoura, Catherine Smyth.

“This is the first event of what will be six over the next two years within county Limerick,” she explained.

One of the good things about the project, she said, is that it provides funding for communities in Limerick to “develop their own small projects on the theme of healthy eating.

“We’ll be working on other small projects in places like Croom and Castleconnell, and these projects will be funded”.

A number of demonstrations took place during the day which displayed healthy snacks, such as carrots or celery with various dips, vegetable and fruit kebabs and banana and peanut butter wraps.

The idea of this, said nutritional scientist Karen O’Farrell, is to make “simply accessible and cheap foods” which look colourful and attractive to children.

“We’re trying to encourage kids to eat this kind of stuff, and that way, they’re getting their fruit and vegetables or their getting their vitamins and minerals, without even realising it,” she explained.

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