By volunteer Alexia de Theux, dietitian
During my volunteering mission as a dietitian, I had the opportunity to work with different centers and schools.
I go to the center “Femijet e Botes ne Shqiperi”, which welcomes ten children after school, and to the center “Fondacioni Ndihmoni Jeten” in Prush, which takes care of young adults with disabilities mental, including a particular group that learns to become as independent as possible. With these two groups I had the opportunity to create links and set up workshops based on nutritional education.
With these two groups, I had the opportunity to work on the “food pyramid”. It’s a large triangle (hence the name of the pyramid) divided into 6 stages and in which we place all the foods according to their importance within a balanced diet. The base of the pyramid is the largest box, it has the most important foods, and the top of the pyramid is the smallest box, these are the foods that we do not necessarily need to be healthy.
Each week we talked about a specific food family. Once the food family has been well described, we then place the images of the different foods of this food family in the right level of the pyramid.
So, week after week, they learned the names of the different food families, what foods make up these food families and finally their importance in the balanced diet.
I think that the two groups who had the opportunity to carry out these workshops greatly appreciated the fact of assimilating new knowledge while being active in this learning via the manipulation of fake foods, sticking in the pyramid etc.
Having participated in this workshop over time allowed them to integrate the notions of a healthy and balanced diet step by step, so that in the end all these new concepts become natural and known things. So I think and I hope I have given them a little bit of my knowledge while having fun !