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International School Meals Day 2018

“A hungry or emotional child cannot develop physically, mentally or emotionally. Healthy eating habits provide the optimum mental and physical health for children and, once established, last a lifetime.”

It so happens that the theme of the International School Meals Day this year is “My Food”. This day is highlighted by the UK and the USA in an attempt to affirm both the fundamentality of good nutrition for our children and their growth, and the importance of healthy food provided for children at school and at home.

Since the launch of the campaign in 2013, all those who are interested in a healthy nutrition program (including teachers, parents, chefs, policymakers, NGOs, charities, businesses, and health professionals) organize events, workshops, activities, and talk-shows to shed the light on the vitality of healthy food for children.

Various books were written by nutrition specialists and chefs highlighting how healthy nutrition positively affects the children’s growth, their educational attainment, as well as their wellbeing.

Moreover, most countries seize this day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of healthy school meals, as well as acknowledging the successfully implemented programs in some schools.