QT & Hue Workshops Spring 2012

Every year, Giao Diem Humanitarian Foundation (GDHF) holds nutritional workshops for principals and teachers of participating schools in the Pediatric Nutrition Project (PNP). These workshops are organized with the goal of educating and spreading knowledge about nutrition and other health issues. Teachers and principals are allowed to attend these workshops for free. Each workshop lasts for a day.

On February 26th and March 3rd, 2012, GDHF held nutritional workshops in Quang Tri and in Hue. The theme was “The Relationship between Environment, Nutrition & Health, and Say No to Plastic.”

At these workshops, teachers and principals were grouped together for many hands-on activities and discussions that would take place during the day.

Before each workshop began, a slideshow of GDHF’s previous efforts was shown for participants to see while getting settled.

Participants were given free notebooks for writing and copies of the recently published GDHF booklet, “Family Nutrition and Health in the 21st Century,” a FAQ booklet on various nutrition and health topics.

Each workshop began with a pretest designed to gauge how much participants understood about nutrition and health. Participants would anonymously write down their answers on paper.

After the pretest, answers were collected and read aloud. Participants were then asked if the answers were correct or not, and were encouraged to answer aloud as well.

Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to ask questions without any hesitation. The workshops progressed to cover a variety of topics, including:

  1. General Health and Nutrition, including two video clips on “How to Clean Hands Properly” and “Hand-Mouth Disease,” the latter of which is a prominent disease.
  2. Avian Flu, since an outbreak in southern Quang Tri occurred recently. A video showing how to safely handle poultry was aired.
  3. A “How to Make Soymilk” instructional video.
  4. Artificial Additives and Coloring, where participants learned how to read nutritional labels and learned what different, artificial ingredients actually were.
  5. Plastic vs Non-Plastic containers, where participants learned which plastics were safe for use or not, and what the numbers printed on plastic products meant.¬† This session also included a video clip from a news broadcast titled “Say No to Plastic.”

Since each workshop lasts a day, there were breaks so teachers and principals could stretch out and relax.

Lunch was catered as well.

At the end of the day, the pretest questions were asked again. Participants were asked to answer without consulting their booklets or notes; if they answered correctly, they were able to choose a free prize  such as a spatula or peeler.

Participants who stayed throughout the day were all given GDHF certificates and stainless steel food containers as further encouragement to stop carrying food in plastic bags.

GDHF encourages constructive participant feedback so subsequent workshops can continue to improve.