Experiment. Children and Healthy Food. The Marvelous Honey

Experiment. Children and Healthy Food. The Marvelous Honey

Friday, November 18, 2022

In November 2022, Iași City Hall organises information and education activities for children about healthy food, namely the benefits of honey on the human body. This enterprise aims to raise children’s awareness about making the right choices when it comes to healthy food. 

Children were shown the following:

  • Importance of bees on the entire ecosystem and the necessity of protecting the bees
  • A day of a bee family in a hive
  • The main benefits of honey consumption and other bee products (pollen, propolis, royal jelly) 
  • Benefits of honey consumption versus sugar toxicity
  • Introducing a balanced lifestyle based on exercise and a healthy diet
  • Questions such as “ Did you know that….?” from the life of a honey bee 

At the end of the presentation, the children were invited to wear beekeeper costumes and were shown a framed glass section of a live bee hive model. 

At the same time, children were offered 3 samples of honey and a small dispenser as souvenirs. 

Key Speakers:

  • Relu Cojocar, Ferma Apicolă Bio Prisaca Moldova (Bio Farm Moldova Apiary)
  • M.D. Macisanu Daniel – nutritionist, Clinica de Nutriție DietStyle (DietStyle Nutrition Clinic), Iași

The objectives of these activities are as follows:

– informing children about a healthy diet and the benefits of honey consumption (including how honey is made, obtained, and presentation of a live bee hive) 

– awareness of the risks posed by an unhealthy diet

– improving the overall health of the population by cutting down on the illnesses caused by an unbalanced diet, namely cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and diabetes. 

We would like to take this opportunity and specify again that an unhealthy diet is one of the 4 behavioural risks that can be changed (alongside smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and lack of physical exercise) which contributes to the development of leading chronic diseases. Recent data from the World Health Organization Statistics place Romania among the European countries with the least life expectancy (the 35th position). The 5 leading causes linked to lifestyle and diet are the following:  coronary disease, stroke, high blood pressure, hepatitis, and cancer. 

This activity is run within the innovative hub Food for Iasi Living Lab, as activity in the CITIES2030 project – “FOOD 2030 – Empowering cities as agents of food system transformation” funded by the European Commission in Horizon 2020 and implemented in Iași county by Iași City Hall and the Romanian Academy, Iași Branch. 

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