Student survey

As part of the project, we wanted to know how had this project affected our lives and what was our relationship with food and our states of mind. Therefore, we passed on a survey, in order to learn more about our learning habits and the way we felt about food and its effects on our daily lives.
grafic1According to the survey, students consume a mean of 34% of carbohidrates in their diets, followed by a 24.5% of vegetables, 22.6% of proteins and 18.7% of what we called “sweets”. Following our training in nutrition and healthy diets, this distribution does not correspond with what is considered to be a perfectly balanced diet. Less sweets should be consumed and more vegetables than pure carbs (pasta, bread, potato…)

grafic2The comments above can be also seen in Fig.2, mean of portions per student and day, in which we can see the tendency is similar, consuming 1.7 portions of carbohidrated food versus 1.2 portions of vegetables and fruit. There was a high number of portions of sweets, with a minimum of 1 portion of sweets everyday.

grafic3Finally, we also wanted to know how we felt about food. About 75% of participants said that they felt good, happy or energetic during the day eating the kind of food they were eating. Only a 20% claimed to feel sleepy and about 5% said they felt ill. The percentages look as if the students felt good even though their diets were not the ideal balanced ones. However, the young age of the participants might be a factor to take into account. Perhaps, we should pass on the same survey to adults of different ages and we could compare results. Maybe, in our next project!

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Project presentations

Finally, the day of the presentations of our business projects has come. It’s been a busy week, and a busy year!, but we’ve all come up with detailed business and implementation plans for our projects. We have presented our projects in front of a committee formed by 5 teachers from the 3 different countries involved.  It’s been a great experience and we’ve learned so many aspects from business and food. Now it’s time to wrap up and come up with some conclusions. 20160219_122155 20160219_122149 20160219_122152 20160217_103157(1)

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Visiting Köln

We’ve just finished a week in Köln. Our last trip in this Erasmus+ project. This week we’ve learned through the history of the Olympics how important sport is in our lives. For the project, we’ve learned how to create a business project, how to develop the whole design process and we’ve given a presentation in front the whole international group. What a great trip!

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Nutrition and diets conference

How can we design a balanced diet? What is healthy and what not? These questions and even more have been answered at today’s speech by Martina Miserachs, nutritionist and dietist with a wide experience in the field. As a part of our project, we need to design a healthy and balanced menu for our restaurants and this speech has been key for us to compose our menus and have a clear idea of what is a healthy diet.

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Cooking and learning

Delicious…and healthy!! We’ve spent a morning in a cooking workshop of healthy and tasty food. We’ve experienced it is possible to cook something healthy beyond boiled vegetables in hour lessons at Espai Boisà, thanks to the guidance and instructions of the Chef, all the dishes were delicious and healthy!

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Erasmus trip in Barcelona

November 2015 .

This week, students from the three different schools have met in Barcelona to work in the second part of the project Erasmus does health (Living a healthy life  and entrepreneurship across Europe – Promoting sustainable approaches to a healthy life and successful business administration.)

20151109_101629_HDRDuring these 6 days we have worked on an advertising campaign, nutritional aspects of our diets and we have learned how to cook healthy and tasty food.  It has been an intense week we all have enjoyed and learned many things about healthy lifestyles and business administration.

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Erasmus+ trip to Culemborg by Gerard Álvarez

You’ll find below a video posted on Youtube edited by the Spanish students which summarises the first trip to Culemborg as part of the project. There are some pictures and some videos recorded and taken by the Spaniards. The video has been produced and edited by Gerard Álvarez, 4th of ESO student at Escola Pàlcam, with the collaboration of his classmates. Enjoy!

 


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Erasmus does health – Living a healthy life and entrepreneurship across Europe

Educational systems across Europe are not paying enough attention to two main issues for young people’s present and future. In national curricula, there is little or even no training on healthy lifestyles and entrepreneurship skills, which might be two of the most important cornerstones we need to build a healthy society upon. Citizens that not only know how to lead a healthy lifestyle but also have the knowledge and the skills to create new business opportunities and expand our economy. After having some planning-meetings between the staff of the three partners, we considered relevant to deal with both healthy habits and entrepreneurship in our project and we set a number of objectives to be accomplished within it:

– Promoting healthy food habits and a better knowledge of healthy habits. Our pupils will have to work on a set of tasks and mini-projects within the program that will make them aware of the options they have beyond fast food and sedentary lifestyles. We will work on topics like cooking, sport, leisure and hobbies to encourage our students to incorporate a set of values and habits that will help them to have a healthy life and development throughout their adolescence and adulthood. We think it is necessary for our students to be aware of the potential problems they might go through in their lives if they do not acquire healthy habits, and that is why we will also work on the health issues and medical treatments derived from unhealthy approaches to food and habits.

– Promoting cultural knowledge and awareness. Being three different partners from three very different areas of the continent, our pupils may have very different opinions, tendencies and tastes of the food they have at their reach, and obviously very different traditions and customs. Since we want our students to be aware of how diverse and multicultural is Europe, we will get to know the customs of each of the partner countries in terms of food, lifestyle, but also history and cultural identity.

– Getting to know potential entrepreneurship possibilities. Unfortunately, our economic and educational systems may be educating our pupils to become passive members of the economy, they are not being provided with enough training or the necessary tools to become active and create new business ideas or take advantage of potential opportunities, this is fostering creativity and encouraging entrepreneurship. We will try to bring in the project the two of them, by including tasks that promote both in a real and meaningful environment. Our students will have to create and also to put themselves in the shoes of somebody who has to create a new business related to the main topic of the project.

– Fostering Foreign Language Learning. We cannot forget how important still is to have a good command of foreign languages, in fact, we are aware that it is one of the European Union objectives for our students to have a good knowledge of at least two European languages, besides their native ones. Because of that, all the national languages of the members will be used in the implementation of the project, and moreover we will also use English and Spanish as vehicle languages at some of the stages. We want our pupils to become familiar with the languages spoken in Europe and to encourage their learning. According to relevant research in the field of FLT (Foreign Language Teaching), successful acquisition of languages requires much more than the limited number of Foreign Language Learning taking place at school. More meaningful, relevant and real communication together with a content based approach are needed for successful learning to take place.

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