Healthy eating tips for campers

The National Nutrition Centre is seeking to sensitize young Barbadians about the importance of healthy eating. In fact, it’s an objective being pursued at this year’s National Nutrition Summer Camp, sponsored by the Government agency.

When Barbados TODAY paid a visit to the camp on Tuesday, the participants, mostly school children enjoying the summer holidays, were busy learning how to use the locally-made Carmeta’s brand of gluten free flour to make various pastries.

Community Nutrition Officer, Andrea Griffith, pointed to worrying statistics on the number of Barbadian youth affected with either juvenile obesity or hypertension, some being diagnosed as early as nine years old.

She explained that being diagnosed at such an early age placed such persons at a possibly higher risk for having a heart attack or stroke in their twenties.

Community Nutrition Officer Andrea Griffith highlighting the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases among the youth of Barbados.
From left, Renesha Watson, Janisha Mapp and Jayla Crichlow anxious for their gluten free oatmeal raisin cookies to cool.
Cassava cheese scones made with gluten free flour by the campers.
From left, Natalya Braithwaite, Samaiyah Forde, Mariah Hill, Janae Browne, Tonija Bleue-Belgrave and Shanna Earle waiting on their cassava cheese scones to cool.

“Right now, we have one third of our childhood population being obese. So, our aim is to reduce that. Our nine and ten-year olds are suffering greatly from hypertension and there is no reason why our nine and ten-year olds should be suffering from hypertension,” Griffith told Barbados TODAY.

“If you are having hypertension at nine and ten years old, then I believe that even before twenty and thirty years old, if it is not properly controlled, they can have a heart attack or a stroke.”

To combat the high incidence of obesity and hypertension, Griffith said the mission of the National Nutrition Centre was promoting healthy eating.

“We encourage healthy living not only in the adult population. We don’t want to wait until persons have non-communicable diseases, we want to nip it in the bud and introduce children to healthier cooking methods.”

The campers were very receptive to the training they received and at the end of the cooking session, they patiently waited for the pastries to cool, so that they could savour the fruits of their labour.

Source: (Lashawna Griffith)

One Response to Healthy eating tips for campers

  1. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete July 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Really???

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