If you can change your diet, you can change your life…

The greatest game ever invented!

Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots of PeacePlayers-Cyprus play basketball together in the UN Buffer Zone

Today’s blog is brought to you by Elena Troullidou, a Greek-Cypriot Dietitian, who is joining PeacePlayers-Cyprus for the next couple of years to help educate our participants in the importance of a good diet for an athlete and in every day life. 

Hello everyone, my name is Elena Troullidou and I am a Clinical Dietitian – Nutritionist in Nicosia. I am a new member of the PeacePlayers International-Cyprus team and my role is to highlight the importance of a healthy nutrition among the children involved in the ‘’Promoting Peace and Wellness in Cyprus” program.

Elena measuring height and weight at Faneromeni

Elena measuring height and weight at Faneromeni

This is a three year bi-communal project in order to complete the ongoing program of basketball trainings-games-sports camps of PeacePlayers International-Cyprus, aiming to allow 8-to-17 year old Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot boys and girls to play together, learn together and build positive relationships and interaction.

I am very excited to be part of this project not only because child obesity and excess weight are epidemic problems that need to be taken very seriously and addressed, but also because from my scientific position I can put a small stone to build the bi-communal solidarity.

Along with the team, Emine Ulucay, the Turkish Cypriot Dietitian, the coaches and the PeacePlayers directors, we organise lectures, workshops and nutrition games to promote a healthy leaving, correct eating habits, maintain a healthy weight and improve sports performance. I am working with the Greek Cypriots teams in Aglanjia, Faneromeni, Engomi, Dali, Larnaca and Kiti and so far I completed the team’ s measurements of height and weight and the first lecture about the food groups, the food pyramid, my plate examples and the importance of a healthy nutrition for development.

Teaching the Engomi girls about the food pyramid of nutrition!

Teaching the Engomi girls about the food pyramid of nutrition!

Most of the teams had the fundamental knowledge of a healthy nutrition and the food pyramid but despite that their eating habits need improvement. For this reason we are planning to organise lectures for their families also, so the parents will be educated and helped in order to replace certain snacks or “unhealthy” meals with healthier ones without any extra cost or time.

By the end of the year we will prepare a curriculum with all the information, nutrition games and lectures we have taught, so it will be used as a guide for the children and their families.

I am very optimistic and confident that the ’Promoting Peace and Wellness in Cyprus” project will help in educating the children about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, promote a new model of attitude towards food options, improve self-confident and the body image of the children and maintain a healthy and correct body weight throughout their life.

Because if you change your diet, you change your life…

 

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