“Sports, Snacks, Smoothies- Healthy Fun”
The objective of the project is to introduce teenagers to where their food comes from and to demonstrate that local agricultural products can transformed into delicious breakfasts, lunches and snacks as fuel for a healthy lifestyle. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is vital for sustainable living as it guides actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate. This is the way of the future for youth involvement in agriculture at the local level to make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and more sustainable.
Consuming quality local food is a way the Barbadian heritage of food, tradition and culture can be maintained for future generations. “Farm-to-table” food tastes good does not harm the environment, and is good for our health.
There is a high level of obesity among Barbadian children and its incidence is growing. In order to reduce obesity, children must be encouraged to improve their diets and exercise habits. Sport is a fun way to stay healthy by being physically active. Playing sports helps in social development, building team spirit and leadership skills and stamina and strength. Healthy, tasty smoothies, snacks, sports drinks, meals that can be prepared using predominantly local fruit, vegetables, meats and fish would help students to improve their diets.
Farmers in Barbados and all over the world provide a safe, nutritious and abundant food for consumers to enjoy. According to the World Bank, Barbados imports over 80% of its food, however more can be done to incorporate locally grown traditional and non-traditional fruits, vegetables, meats and fish into delicious items that teenagers would love. Mangoes, sour oranges, cherries, golden apples, tamarinds, lion fish, snapper, dolphin and black belly lamb and goat milk are great local products, that are widely available, affordable and some fruit can be collected freely.
Student Cooking Competition
An interactive session on the on the nutritional value of the agricultural products will be conducted so that teenagers are able to learn how food helps them grow healthy and strong. Teenaged school students will be invited to participate in a “Healthy Smoothie, Sports Drink and Snack Competition” where local products will be featured alongside popular New Zealand products such as cheese and butter. A deliberate emphasis will be placed on affordable items that all households can afford regardless of economic background. In this way, the recipes made by teenagers can utilized by everyone to improve their diets. The competition will be hosted by Chef Peter Edey and judged by a distinguished panel.
Local technical experts will give educational talks on nutrition, healthy eating and sports.
Health Low Cost Versions of Barbadian Favorites
As part of the “Sports, Snacks, Smoothies- Healthy Fun” activity, the Royal Commonwealth Society will be having award winning chefs creating healthier versions of traditional favorites whilst maintaining the low cost. Attendees at the event will have the opportunity to sample the creations. This demonstration will provide practical tools and guidance to students on how to improve their diet no matter their economic background.
Sports Workout (Volley Ball)
Organized, well-structured youth sports provides many benefits for teenagers. Sports and an active lifestyle can play an important positive role in a young person’s life. Sports require memorization, repetition and learning which are useful for schoolwork. Determination and goal-setting skills with a group of players and coaches teaches how to build teamwork and effectively communicate to solve problems. This experience is helpful for teenagers when encountering problems at work or at home and encourage healthy decision-making such as not smoking and not drinking.
Achieving in sport or fitness goal encourages teenagers to achieve other goals and develop self-confidence. Sports activity is a rewarding and exciting learning process as well as a natural way to loosen up and let go of stress.
Barbados is well known in the volleyball arena having captured ten consecutive Caribbean Volleyball Championships. It is no surprise then, that volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the island. Court and beach volleyball can be played competitively or as a fun activity, with the former widely played in the secondary schools.
Participants will be invited to engage in an interactive session where they will be taught basic passing and serving skills. The session will culminate with a fun game and skills competition hosted by Andrew Culpepper. Mr. Culpepper has been a Coach at the National Sports Council for the past twenty years and currently coaches the Barbados National Men’s Volleyball team. He is a F.I.V.B certified level II coach (International Volleyball Federation) and represented Barbados at the national level.
Homemade sports drinks from the company Fresh Press will be provided for students to hydrate after the volleyball session.
Participants will be gifted with a keepsake Tee Shirt with the slogan “Sports, Snacks, Smoothies- Healthy Fun” and a volleyball. In this way, the definite linkage between sports, health and calories can be forcefully demonstrated and help them in continuing on a path to a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
Filming and Television Broadcast of the Event “Sports, Snacks, Smoothies- Healthy Fun”
The event will be filmed, edited and arrangements made for broadcast on local television by DC Media (Caribbean Cuisine); advertisements of products by sponsors are to be included in the finished film and copies will be distributed to sponsors. All students participating in the event are required to submit permission slips signed by their parent or guardian.
Each student participant will receive a volleyball, tee-shirt and lunch