Extra-curricular time is an ideal time to tackle these questions in a more fun and in-depth way than in class. It is possible to set up long-term projects where young people are really actors and where peer education is promoted.
Food is a major public health problem (in particular because of obesity) which requires that all actors (children, parents, teachers, health professionals, education advisers, etc.) be stakeholders in a project. We therefore plan to promote behaviors favorable to health through a systemic approach that allows the development of psychosocial skills.
This is all the better perceived when food education is not established as such but through leisure activities that will allow an approach to educational content related to food because they will be integrated into a cultural approach: food in the Middle Ages for example.
The originality is therefore to develop actions that combine cultural heritage and health. Indeed, current research in the field of prevention shows that actions targeted on a specific product are sometimes more incentive than preventive. It therefore becomes important to implement actions promoting the development of personal efficiency and self-assertion within the peer group.
This is why we have decided to link the themes and approaches so as to implement actions on food through an interdisciplinary approach and cultural coloring: food in the Middle Ages in Northern Europe and in Europe. Mediterranean Europe or At the time of the Romans or the Egyptians, etc. The variety of themes constitutes a true mine of exploitation and cannot leave indifferent.
Through cooking in the Middle Ages, each group of participants will be led to discover the foods that existed (and which did not exist) at a time and in a given geographical area. After having identified them, they will have to prepare a balanced menu (prepare a real meal) for the other group; For this, they will of course be led to discover the rules of food balance… food families for example.
Edutainment pedagogical tools will be particularly used as " Gastrono-MIX », A game to learn the food balance while discovering our ancestors the Gauls that we carried out for the City of Sciences where the participant must constitute a balanced menu starting from foods of the Celtic time while respecting the modern rules food balance.
It seems important to us to develop preventive and health education actions that differ from the usual workshops. For us it is about contributing to the development of the person (child or adult).
For this, it is necessary to favor interactive actions (minimum speech, maximum action), playful (pleasure), educational (contribution of knowledge) and developing (development of psycho-social skills).
The person is not sausage, it is important to have a transversal and interdisciplinary approach. Sensitivities being variable depending on the individual, it therefore seems important to us to propose approaches capable of arousing one of the centers of interest of these individuals: the actions on food in the Middle Ages illustrates our point in the direction of where it offers a “cultural” entry (the Middle Ages) which may interest enthusiasts of this period but also “leisure” (cooking) which may interest other enthusiasts or curious ... while finally dealing with food and related themes (balance, food families, etc.) without doing it simultaneously.