The Food Safety Promotion Board, safefood, has partnered with the Irish FA to encourage more than 2,000 children a year to adopt healthier habits.
The two organizations have announced that they will be hosting a series of football-based programs and events across Northern Ireland to show young people the importance of healthy eating habits and being active right from the start. young age.
Keith Gibson, Acting Director of Football Development at the Irish FA Foundation, said: âWe are delighted to team up with safefood in this innovative program using football to encourage over 2,000 children to play with habits each year. healthier.
âThrough play and games, we will help children understand the benefits of eating more fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks, as well as drinking water or milk.
âEngaging with 48 primary schools in this program will be another way for the foundation to encourage young people to be healthy and physically active. “
Young people will learn from a mix of lively presentations, player videos, interactive games and coaching sessions to show how they can make healthier choices for their well-being.
Dr Catherine Conlon, Director of Human Health and Nutrition at safefood, said: âWe are delighted to be the Irish FA’s official partner for safe and healthy eating and to expand our work in support of schools. .
âWe have worked closely with the association to develop educational resources and games that will help children understand the importance of healthy eating and being more active in a fun and interactive way. “
The new partnership began last week with 1,200 children from 12 primary schools participating in one-day festivals that incorporated interactive and hands-on challenges and games as part of the program.