The ELIKUME project will promote healthy and active lifestyles in the families of nursery school students
- Initiative funded by the Department of Health with the aim of improving health from early childhood, while avoiding overweight and obesity in the child population
The ELIKUME project started last October with the aim of knowing the dietary habits and nutritional condition of the children who attend the municipal nursery schools of Pamplona / Iruña, which already have healthy and sustainable school menus.
This is an initiative funded by the Department of Health of the Government of Navarra, through its call "Research Projects in Health Sciences 2022", and which is based on the hypothesis that training and awareness campaigns offered to families will contribute to reducing the rate of childhood overweight and obesity and to improving the health of our population.
Specifically, ELIKUME will develop an intervention program that will involve the families of 18 to 36-month old children at the municipal nursery schools of Pamplona during the 2023-2024 and the 2024-2025 academic years. The families will be assessed at baseline and then later at the end of the program, and they will have access to online training designed exclusively for the project on healthy living habits and active lifestyles that includes, among others, cooking workshops. This training is voluntary and free and can have a positive impact on children's health from early childhood and throughout their lives.
People interested in participating can register through the project website, www.elikume.com, where further information is also provided.
The research team includes professionals from the Navarra Paediatrics Association, the autonomous organization "Municipal Nursery Schools of Pamplona", and the Public University of Navarra (Faculty of Health Sciences), with the collaboration of the Navarra Institute of Health Research (IdiSNA) and the Navarrabiomed biomedical research centre.
The project is led by Edurne Ciriza, a paediatrician at the Ansoain /Antsoain Health Centre, in collaboration with the nutritionists Izaskun Berasategi (nutritionist at the municipal nursery schools of Pamplona), Isabel Juániz (nutritionist and researcher of the project) and María Medrano (physical educator and researcher and professor at the Public University of Navarra).