International Family Day 2016: Celebrating the Importance of Family Meals (Sant Boi, Barcelona)

totsThe theme chosen for this year’s International Family Day celebration was ‘Family Meals.’ The event was celebrated on May 11th in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona), the hometown of our founders Pau and Marc Gasol. This event was intended to strengthen the role of parents in teaching their children the importance of healthy lifestyles.

First proclaimed by the United Nations on May 15, 1994, International Family Day focuses on one of the objectives of Sustainable Development: to guarantee a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness for everyone regardless of their age. As we highlighted in the last Gasol Foundation nutritional workshop, it is of vital importance that families remain at the center of children’s social life in order to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.

IMG_3266Gasol Foundation, the Department of Family Services of the Generalitat de Cataluña (regional government), Sant Boi de Llobregat local government, Marianao Foundation, Cassià Just Foundation and Probitas Foundation, who share this common goal, joined forces to organize an unforgettable, educational day full of activities.

The celebration was enjoyed by nearly 50 children and parents of our l’Esport Suma program and was inaugurated by Ms. Lluisa Moret, mayor of Sant Boi, along with Ms. Dolors Bossa, Minister of the Labor, Family and Social Affairs Department, who emphasized the fact that “family meals are the perfect opportunity for parents to create moments of learning and communication with their children and to establish behavioral patterns.”

IMG_3268After a family batucada, the cook, Ada Parellada, and writer, Anna Manso, explained to the attendees, through the use of humor, the basics of family education and healthy eating, as a prelude to the main activity of the afternoon: over 40 families got to work and prepared several dishes for a healthy snack, such as vegetable skewers, healthy sandwiches and an endless variety of other treats. Under Ada’s management and a touch of imagination from each family, the snacks came out oh-so-delicious!

To remember this special day, all attendees were given a colorful apron and a reusable shopping bag, so that they could continue at home, as a family, to work on the healthy habits acquired over the course of the day.

With a full stomach and recharged batteries, the band Xiula, gave a very special touch to this Family Day, making everyone dance, laugh and run around- children and adults alike. It was a great success!

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