(MENAFN- Mid-East.Info) Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Spinneys, the leading supermarket chain in the United Arab Emirates known for its high-quality products, launches the first comprehensive healthy and sustainable food program in the region for children with the support of UAE government entities and farms.
The fun educational program, called Farm to Table, will show children ages 7-10 how food is produced both locally and internationally, and how it travels to their tables. The program will also encourage healthier and more sustainable diets for children and their families.
“Farm to Fork is a key pillar of Spinneys’ goal of educating 1 million people by 2023 about healthy and sustainable diets, helping communities live healthier and more sustainable lives.” said Sunil Kumar, CEO of Spinneys.
âAs a local supermarket, we have a responsibility to contribute to sustainable food production and help improve the lives of citizens and residents. This program will not only play a role in improving the health and well-being of our children and their families, but will also raise awareness on how to reduce food waste and eat more responsibly, helping to ensure a better future for all.
His Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, leads high-level support for the initiative.
âThe UAE National Food Security Strategy 2051 aims to enable sustainable food production, improve local production and activate policies to improve nutrition and reduce waste. We are excited to see Spinneys and others contributing to the national strategy through this Farm to Fork program. Almheiri said.
âA critical part of transforming our food systems into more sustainable ones is fostering a deeper and more critical connection between our people, food and the environment. We want our communities to ask questions about their food and engage in a dialogue about the future of food and water sustainability. The Farm to Fork initiative will help us achieve these goals.
From Farm to Table will help address key health and lifestyle challenges in the UAE. Global research proves that children’s health is the foundation of lifelong health, with many children adopting healthier habits into adulthood.
Conversely, overweight children are more likely to grow into overweight adults. More than half of children in the United Arab Emirates have a high consumption of confectionery and fast food, and a low consumption of fruits and vegetables. 25% of 7-10 year olds are overweight or obese.
In response to these challenges, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center worked closely with the team behind Farm to Table to develop educational resources.
âEncouraging healthy diets and an active lifestyle is essential to improving the quality of life for people living in the United Arab Emirates. Said His Excellency Matar Saeed Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center.
âFrom farm to fork is a wonderful opportunity to teach future generations how to improve their eating habits. Better nutrition reduces the risk of obesity and other lifestyle-related illnesses, which in turn lowers the chances of being hospitalized for coronavirus and other illnesses, so this is an initiative we support strongly. “
Farm to Table kicks off this week with the first 15 schools entering the formal curriculum. A total of 50 public and private schools will participate this academic year.
Students are guided through 5 learning modules, participating in activities and games. Teachers also benefit from the support and best advice of qualified dietitians, improving their ability to facilitate student learning.
In a further demonstration of the UAE’s commitment to public health and sustainability, Spinneys is making educational resources available to all in the hope that more schools and households will choose to benefit from fun content and engaging.
With a focus on healthy eating and sustainable consumption, Farm to Table will contribute to the UAE’s Food Security Strategy for 2051, raising awareness of how and what people eat impacts others and on the environment.
A number of other government and private sector entities are bringing their expertise to Farm to Table, including local farms and the social impact agency Interact, with further announcements expected later this month.
About Spinney :
The story of Spinneys began in 1961 when the first supermarket opened in Al Nasr Square. It has since grown into one of the region’s most popular high-end supermarket retailers, with 61 stores across the UAE. Highly regarded by expats and locals alike, Spinneys enjoys a well-deserved reputation for being avant-garde, keeping pace with culinary trends and the emergence of new products around the world. Today, Spinneys Dubai, owned by Mr. Ali Albwardy, a national of the United Arab Emirates, has built a solid reputation for providing top quality products and providing high level customer service. Yet food standards, safety and freshness have always been at the forefront of company ethics – one of the reasons the Spinneys brand is defined as âthe freshest experienceâ.
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