Zonnatura supports "Jongeren op gezond gewicht" in Zaanstad
In the last
decades the world in which our children grow up has become an environment
where eating a lot and moving little is not unusual anymore. The result? On average, one in
eight Dutch children is overweight.
Overweighted today, vulnerable tomorrow
In some neighborhoods in
Zaanstad, even one in three children is too heavy. Overweight increases
the risk of diseases. Moreover, being overweight at young age has a major
negative impact on psychological and social development.
Gezond Gewicht (JOGG-)Zaanstad has been working on creating a healthy
environment for children and their parents since 2012. Together with
professionals in the neighborhood, such as nurses, gym teachers, welfare
workers and dieticians, JOGG-Zaanstad encourages children and parents to drink water,
eat healthy and be physically active. Also businesses and civil society organisations
are involved in the approach. Together they can change the environment in which
children and young people grow up.
Healthy students perform better!
JOGG-Zaanstad, in cooperation
with GGD Zaanstreek Waterland, encourages schools in the neighborhoods of
Zaandam to become a certified Healthy School: Schools that support for instance healthy habits like drinking water instead of sweetened beverages can get the “Vignette Nutrition”. A Healthy School Square
contributes to the achievement of the “Vignette Movement and Sports”.
Zonnatura supports primary school De Gouw
The students of
primary school de Gouw in Zaanstad have already collected money for a new
school square. Still on the wish list: Vegetable gardens for toddlers and a layout of the school square
focused on physical activity. Zonnatura, one of Wessanen's brands, wants to fullfil these wishes
by donating money raised at a charity dinner to the school.
The importance of vegetable gardens and
Vegetable gardens and education in school help
children to develop responsible eating habits. Moreover, research shows that knowledge about food and
nutrition sticks best by an integrated approach and when more activities such as school- and
vegetable gardens, cooking classes and company visits are combined.
"Groente, zet je tanden erin!"
JOGG encourages vegetables consumption with
the national campaign "Groente, zet je tanden erin!" (Vegetables,
get your teeth into it!). Many parents and caregivers wonder how to make
their children eat enough vegetables. On the website eetgroente.nl one of the
tips is: Have your children grow their own
vegetables. In this way, they become more involved in what they eat. This
initiative by Zonnatura is therefore corresponding to and enhancing the JOGG
approach in Zaanstad.