BUENOS AIRES, October 2013 – In the context of Sustainability Strategy, Molinos Rio de la Plata carried out for the third consecutive year the annual competition called “Eat tasty, Eat Healthy”, directed by 5th grade students from primary schools nearby the productive plants and stockpile centers.
The program aims to encourage a healthy diet among students, parents and teachers through self administrated manuals, graphic and audiovisual materials. At the end of every edition, students participate in a competition where they send a recipe that reflects the contents learnt.
In this occasion, 5600 students from 84 schools with limited resources located in the influence zone of our plants and stockpile centers have participated. The jury, integrated by specialists of educational programs and one nutritionist, chose School N° 35 “Salvador Massa” as the winner due to its creative version of “spaghetti al disco”(*). Another 13 educational institutions (see list attached) received mentions for different categories due to healthy proposals, new ways to use a classic recipe, innovation in the initiative or to the adaptation of a regional dish. Schools have also received several mentions as recognition for their commitment and innovation in the presentations.
(*)Al disco: Argentinean way of cooking where a big iron wok is used directly over the embers.
Unlike previous years, children have participated not only proposing one recipe for each grade but they also sent pictures and videos. In 2013, supplementary actions were incorporated to the program, in alliance with NGOs related to the encouragement of healthy diet.
Together with the NGO Audela, Gallito Ciego Movil (a street mobile restaurant) went to the schools that received mentions in 2012 and the students ate in the dark the recipes that had been prepared by blind people.
This program also tried to raise awareness about the importance of a sustainable domestic economy through an alliance with Fundación Huerta Niño. Students were trained with the necessary tools to create a vegetable garden and they received the elements to create their own copper wood.
“Eat Tasty, Eat Healthy” has also improved due to the actions carried out by the Voluntary Team, such as painting games at schools and other recreational activities aiming to promote the physical activity, which is an essential complement for a balanced diet.
This program grows every year thanks to the great commitment that reflects the presented initiatives, which shows the effort of the company with the viability of the educational community that surrounds it, and therefore promoting Human and Community Development.