Greek Diet and Products in Belgian Schools

Greek foodA campaign entitled “Discovering Greece, Greek Diet and Greek Products in Belgium” has been launched in Brussels and aims to link education with healthy eating and particularly the Greek Mediterranean diet with local traditional products.

During the program, which has already been launched in ten educational institutions in Belgium including the University of Mons, pupils and students are informed about Greek traditions and culture, while they discover Greek nature and the products used in Greek cuisine. The program, designed by the non-governmental organization “Discovering network,” is being implemented jointly with the Education Coordinator Office and is under the auspices of the Greek Embassy in Belgium.

During a press conference the organizers of the program, T. Ekmetzoglou and M. Alexakis said that their aim is to raise, via education of children, parents, young people and adults, awareness of the benefits of the Greek diet and to present local traditional products including aromatic plants. In addition there is an initiative “The little explorer,” which records all Greek products which can be found in Belgium. They will also gather traditional Greek recipes and organize cooking activities, initiating a dialogue between generations and different regions of origin of Greek students.

The program has been implemented in Greek language classes throughout Belgium, thus providing not only to a Greek audience, the opportunity to discover Greek flavors and the beneficial properties of Greek products.

Apart from the need to address obesity, the organizers pointed out the necessity to promote Greek food, culture and diet, and the relationship with the history, geography, economy, family, art, religion, customs and ethics of Greece. For this reason the “Discovering Network” is promoting the program in other countries and to other population groups.