Over the last 30 years, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled: more than a third of children and teens are now overweight or obese. And unhealthy eating habits can continue into adulthood. Luckily, parents and caregivers can help in the prevention of childhood obesity. They can be a role model, schedule yearly doctor visits for their children, encourage physical activity, cook meals at home, etc.

IMG_7237L’Esport SUMA wants to be a health aid to both parents and children when it comes to this issue. For this 2016-2017 L’Esport SUMA Program our focus is to work towards getting families involved in their kids nutrition education and well- being. This is the reason why we decided to introduce all of our parents to this year’s programming initiatives. The programming demonstrates how parents’ involvement in our workshops simultaneously encourages children to have a positive attitude when it comes to health- conscious and responsible eating habits.

We strongly believe children who witness their parents or caregivers buying, cooking and eating healthy foods will be more inclined to eat healthier foods themselves. Besides the daily physical activity sessions carried out by our children after school, our L’Esport SUMA children and families living in Badalona will receive an additional 8 months of culinary and nutritional education provided by registered dietitian nutritionists.

Our ‘Friday Cooking Workshops’ break down the food-related barriers-to-health that our families often face; bolstering their resistance to unhealthy food habits and the misleading food marketing efforts that pervade food desserts and food swamps. Our workshops provide parents with the perfect opportunity to capitalize on a great learning experience along with their kids. They consists of nutritional information, cooking techniques, and kid-friendly recipes that parents and children both prepare and taste themselves. These workshops assist with providing all participants with taking the necessary first steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

Together, let’s make the healthier choice, the easier choice! Ready to jump in and face this challenge with our families? With the L’Esport SUMA program, we want to inspire a new generation to love and be just as passionate as we are when it comes to healthy food options and ideals. Join us as we explore all of these healthy ideologies and much, much more!