1. Make child caregivers aware of the importance of educating children about healthy eating
2. Develop skills in the educational community (parents, caregivers, teachers, senior management and local authorities) to promote healthy eating habits from early childhood
3. Build institutional capacity for preventing diabetes from early childhood
Operational research component with baseline survey through a) nutritional and anthropometric screening of children, and b) interviews and focus groups with children, teachers and parents at each kindergarten to understand current dietary behaviour; survey outcomes to guide project implementation; endline survey to follow up; required record systems to be established, allowing close monitoring at all sites.
Sensitisation activities among the educational community (i.e. children, parents, teachers, kindergarten managers and local authorities) about healthy dietary habits; children at risk of diabetes referred for treatment.
Training of educational community to promote healthy dietary habits from early childhood through development of educational material, dialogue with educational authorities, ‘food festivals’, joint learning workshops, and introduction of healthy meals at targeted kindergartens.
Advocacy workshops to present project outcomes to educational community and authorities with the purpose of adjusting pre-school policies, food access environments and curriculum.
- Pilot intervention implemented at 15 kindergartens with approx. 20 children in each; in total 300 children reached
- At least 60 teachers and 300 families sensitised, trained and enrolled
- Data systematically collected concerning 300 children’s BMI, dietary habits and physical activity