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Healthnic Diet Erasmus+ project

“HEALTHNIC Healthy and ethnic diet for inclusion” is a 2-year Erasmus+ funded project that promotes healthy eating based on traditional food from different ethnic cuisines. The main target groups come from various backgrounds including refugees, immigrants, long-term unemployed and indigenous groups, who wish to develop their food and cooking skills and interact in a multinational environment.

The coordinator of the project is the Vardakeios School of Hermoupolis (Syros, Greece), and partner organisations are: Danmar Computers LLC (Rzeszów, Poland), Diciannove Società Cooperativa (Genoa, Italy), ITT (Ireland) and Merseyside Refugee Support Network (Liverpool, UK).

The project “HEALTHNIC: Healthy and ethnic diet for inclusion” has been funded by the European Commission, the Greek National Agency I.K.Y within the Erasmus+ Programme Cooperation for Innovation & the Exchange of Good Practices, Strategic Partnerships for adult education.

This project idea developed from the experience of the consortium’s partners working with multinational groups consisting of immigrants, refugees and local unemployed people in educational programs. The results of this work revealed that the direct and active involvement of individuals with different cultural backgrounds in activities such as cooking/language/ICT learning opens up a process of mutual empowerment and sharing of experiences, which in itself inspires inclusion.

In this context the project is based on a 3 level learning scheme:

BASIC FORMAL & INFORMAL EDUCATION (ICT, HOME ECONOMICS, NUTRITIONAL DIET);
MAINTENANCE OF CULTURE/HERITAGE OF PARTICIPANTS (FOOD CULTURE AND TRADITIONAL METHODS);
TRANSFERABILITY BETWEEN LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND NEWCOMER COMMUNITIES AS AN INDICATOR OF INTEGRATION.

Through this project, we develop a new educational based resource by setting up and running the “HEALTHNIC Workshops”.

The workshops enable participants to acquire basic skills such as home economics and healthy eating education, supported with food and nutrition glossaries and food preparation methods.

In addition, participants gain ICT skills and create information/educational digital stories focused on the knowledge gained of both food culture, traditions and healthy eating.

None of us has the perfect “national” diet, and each of our cultures has much to share, so we can learn from each other and create something new together.

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO HEALTHNIC WORKSHOPS

We are really happy to present the Practical Guide to Healthnic Diet Workshops. The Healthnic Diet workshops give the opportunity to participants to acquire cooking, healthy eating, language, cultural awareness and ICT skills.
Download the Guide and find useful information that will help you organise a Healthnic Diet workshop:
• introduction on the participatory learning method
• activities on group building and cultural exchange
• social inclusion issues
• references on nutritional education
• home economics and active citizenship
• step by step instructions on how to organize a cooking workshop
• detailed instructions on digital storytelling activities that will involve participants
in the production of digital stories about food
At the end of the Guide, there are also six annexes that offer more information about digital storytelling, rules of nutritional diet, culinary terminology, food vocabulary, food safety and uses of herbs and spices.
The Guide is helpful to professionals working with vulnerable target groups such as refugees, immigrants and unemployed people but also to anyone that would like to acquire healthy eating habits by being open-minded to traditional food experience.

Visit healthnic.eu to download the Guide and be informed about the project