Teaching healthy nutrition habits and encouraging physical activity in school children are important parts of the educational process. With this premise, CEDEI (Center for Interamerican Studies) and CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Global Foundation are implementing a nutrition and physical fitness project.

The project includes several short, medium, and long-term stages. As part of this process, the team held a workshop aimed at physical education instructors and classroom teachers on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of February at the CEDEI Centro location. Representatives of CATCH led the educators and presented on topics related to educational strategies so that the teachers can better motivate their students to exercise regularly and improve their diets.

It is important to note that this training workshop completed the project’s second phase, which aimed to implement nutritional diet habits and encourage physical activity in students. The pilot program began in September 2015 with 7 public schools in Cuenca. Now, the program has grown to include 28 schools- 27 public and 1 private! CATCH Global Foundation carries out projects charged with promoting well-being and child health in the US. The institution was developed by members of the University of Texas’s School of Public Health. The project works on short, medium, and long-term goals.

The CEDEI Foundation’s objectives include education, social cooperation, and training. Since nutrition is a vital aspect of school development, the Center for Interamerican Studies believes it is important to support this nutrition and fitness program. This project enjoys the support of the Ministry of Education, the Cuenca County Health Council , the University of Cuenca, and other public and private institutions.