Tackling Adolescent Obesity & Promoting inclusion through nutrition trainings for disadvantaged youth
« At the core of eating disorders is silence, and this silence must be broken. Starting with us! »
« Il cuore dei disturbi alimentari è il silenzio, e questo silenzio va rotto. A partire da noi ! »
In 2018, SAFE was selected to receive an Erasmus+ grant, which has allowed it to implement an educational project aimed at tackling adolescent obesity within the European Union.
The project will run for two and a half years and is called “Tackling Adolescent Obesity & promoting inclusion through nutrition trainings for disadvantaged youth”.
The project gathers ten partners from five European Member States: Belgium, Italy, Greece, Poland & Germany. Four of these partners are Non-Governmental Organisations (of which, one is an obese patients’ national association and one is a pan-European expert group on childhood overweight and obesity), one university, one children’s hospital, and three schools.
As Project coordinator, SAFE held the 1st Transnational Meeting gathering in Brussels all the partners involved in the TAO Project.
In order to raise awareness regarding obesity-related problems in adolescents and their families, the project partners will first work together to create three intellectual outputs covering nutritional education:
- A student’s nutrition handbook: to be used during the trainings;
- A teacher’s nutritional education handbook: to help teacher’s run the trainings and create “safe-zones” where students can communicate freely;
- An online platform: to allow training’s participants to exchange about the trainings and educational materials but also to ensure the widest possible access and follow-up.
Once these three intellectual outputs are created and approved by all partners, they will be translated in French, Greek, and Italian to be implemented as pilot trainings in the partner schools. The students participating in the test period will be encouraged to come up with projects, which will be evaluated by the partners. Subsequently, five students per school will be selected to participate in a mobility activity in Brussels.
Following the test period, the educational material will be made accessible to all students and teachers of partner schools. Moreover, in order to reach more schools and implement the project at a broader scale, the materials will be translated to other EU languages (notably, German and Polish).
Lastly, the project’s results and intellectual outputs will be made accessible on the online platform “Erasmus+ Project results” and on the project’s collaborative online platform.