Minister of State Donnchadh Mac Fhionnlaoich, TD attended at Foras na Gaeilge to launch Sláinte don Scoil, a new booklet which focuses on healthy eating for teenagers in Ireland.
The booklet, which is available in English and Irish, was produced in association with the Kellogg Company, the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute, the Association of Teachers of Home Economics and Foras Na Gaeilge.
Commenting at the launch, Ferdie Mac an Fhailigh, Chief Executive of Foras na Gaeilge, said, “We are delighted to have been involved in this partnership. Slainte don Scoil is a great source of information for teenagers and will be a useful teaching aid for secondary school teachers nationwide.”
1,000 copies of the Irish version of Sláinte don Scoil have been published and made available to Irish medium schools. An electronic copy will be free to download from www.gaeilge.ie. The booklet is packed full of practical tips that will help teenagers to feel and perform at their best. It will be distributed to teenagers all over the country through Home Economics classes and community dietitians.
According to Jim McNeill, Managing Director, Kellogg Company of Ireland: “Kellogg became involved in this project as we recognized the need to make it easier for teenagers to make sensible food choices throughout the day and to hopefully encourage them to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. We are delighted to be partnering with Foras Na Gaeilge on this booklet.”
Dr Jolene McMonagle, European Manager of Nutrition at Kellogg’s, added, “We know that many Irish teenagers are not making the right food choices and we are seeing worrying levels of ‘faddy’ eating habits amongst this group. It’s therefore vitally important that we actively encourage healthy lifestyles during these years in particular to help young adults develop the right behaviours later in life.