A TOTAL of 120 pupils gathered at the presidential palace on Thursday and cooked food influenced by Mediterranean cuisine, according to a press release issued by Piraeus Bank, which was sponsoring the event.
The event was the culmination of the “Mediterranean nutrition, a return to tradition” educational programme implemented in elementary schools in the Nicosia district.
The aim of the programme was to inform children on the benefits of Mediterranean cuisine. Dieticians and nutritionists visited schools throughout the year to teach children on the merits of more traditional food, in an attempt to combat the rising levels of child obesity.
First Lady Andri Anastasiades was present for the event, flanked by Education Minister Costas Kadis.
The First Lady said that it was society’s duty to look after children and that nutritional programmes such as the one presented were essential, as it educated children on the benefits of a proper diet.
The education minister, in his speech, noted that such initiatives would always be supported by the state, “since improving our way of life is everyone’s responsibility.”
Piraeus bank CEO Giorgos Appios said that the bank was proud of taking part in an initiative that aimed at informing children and preventing child obesity.
Both the event and the programme were organised by NGO Bone Vivo.