Brazil: Healthy nutrition and awareness about blindness
Family Nutrition: Teach healthy nutrition habits to schoolchildren, teachers and parents
Malnutrition and obesity are important public health issues in Brazil. The situation has worsened over the last 20 years, in particular in urban areas and in the southeast region of the country.
A programme based on the recommendations of the Food Guide for the Brazilian Population and developed with the Instituto Givaudan for a primary school in Jaguaré was initiated by Givaudan São Paulo employees.
The purpose is to teach healthy eating habits and reduce sugar intake by motivating and guiding schoolchildren in making conscious choices while developing a good relationship with natural foods.
The Playing with Flavours project also strives to influence other stakeholders such as schoolchildren’s parents, teachers, the local community and the Givaudan team participating in this initiative.
The programme relies on the partnership of prominent nutritionists to elaborate, execute and evaluate each activity with the students. The workshops are organised throughout the school year by the employees.
“Good food habits early in life can influence the health and nutrition of these children for the rest of their lives.”
Rosani, School Principal
Blindness: Create awareness about blindness and support the visually impaired
The employability and social inclusion of visually impaired or blind people remain significant challenges, the roots of which often lie in difficulties encountered during education.
Two programmes are being rolled out at Instituto Givaudan to address these issues with the support of Givaudan employees who volunteer their time to ensure the smooth running of the activities.
The first, the Good Vision campaign, aims to raise awareness among the general public about the importance of good vision for schoolchildren and to provide free eye-examinations and corrective treatment in schools. In 2019, 78 students received corrective spectacles. The second programme is meant to facilitate the acquisition of skills that can help visually impaired adults in a professional activity. For instance, training in professional massage is offered as part of the activities.