European cookbook project aims to ‘fight the beast’ of obesity
2016-04-01 10:45:32 -

By Chinedu Onyejelem


A ‘healthy cookbook’ project in partnership with two other European countries has been launched by the Blanchardstown Community Training Centre.

The initiative, the brainchild of the centre’s manager Anna Peplinska together with catering instructor Niamh Morgan, was approved by the Erasmus+ programme last December and received €51.539 funding from the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB).

Under the theme ‘fight the beast, don’t become obese’, the recipe collection will promote cooking at home with local, fresh and seasonal foods and will be published in November, just in time for Christmas.

Peplinska told Metro Éireann that the cookbook aims “to educate young people on food labelling and nutritional values of foods and raise awareness of the obesity problem in Europe.”

She said the programme is a plan of action between Ireland, Latvia and Malta: three countries that the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates will be the fattest in Europe by 2030.

Peplinska added that the project participants are young people between 16-21 years old who are hoping to become healthy food promoters to start food revolution on a local level.

The project recently started with young people from the Baltic Regional Fund in Riga, Latvia and the Blanchardstown CTC meeting Richelle Flanagan, president of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute.

They also visited Coolanowle Organic Meat farm and Moyleabbey Fruit and Vegetable Organic Farm to experience a hands-on approach and taste fresh food from the field.

The project’s next move is to organise a similar transnational meeting in Riga in June to enable participants to learn more about the food literacy approach and work on recipes for the cookbook.

For more information about the project visit the website

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