On the occasion of the end of the school year, the children of the nursery and primary schools of Milan received a book entitled “An apple a day … Information, curiosities and games for a healthy and sustainable diet” as a gift.
This is an initiative born in the context of food policy strategies that involved the Municipality, Milan Catering, the company that manages the school meals and the Cariplo Foundation to spread, through games, a culture of nutrition that is healthy and sustainable.
A commitment that, in the case of the Municipality, has been certified by the World Resource Institute recognizing a 20% reduction in C02 emissions in the menus. This is a result made possible thanks to a set of choices such as the almost total elimination of plastic in meals, the adoption of healthier and more sustainable menus that have rewarded the use of fruit, vegetables, tubers and legumes over meat. .
The book is divided into four sections that address topics such as healthy lifestyles, the value of food, the properties of fruit and vegetables to make people understand their value in nutrition, the fight against food waste, food travel and separate collection to raise awareness on the issue of the circular use of resources. These topics useful for educating the little ones are then flanked by recipes to share with the family both in execution and in sharing and various ideas for playing.
“Preparing a healthy, good, educational and fair meal for the girls and boys of the Milan schools: this has always been our mission – underlined Bernardo Notarangelo, president of Milano Restauration -. In this context, we want to contribute, together with schools, families and the Municipality, to making meal times an important opportunity for social growth, for understanding the values of proper nutrition education and environmental sustainability “.
“For years the Municipality has been at the forefront in promoting healthy eating and sustainable lifestyles – commented the initiative Laura Galimberti, Councilor for Education -, two objectives that, when combined, can help us live a better life and protect the planet.
It is essential to acquire these values from an early age to train not only adults aware of tomorrow, but also those of today: children, in fact, will be able to become ambassadors of good practices even in the family, helping to build a more environmentally friendly society and more attentive to waste “.