“On 17 October, in Brussels, I had the honourable privilege of representing the FMUL Nutrition Laboratory at the EU Health Award 2019 award ceremony where, after rigorous jury scrutiny, the remarkable result of 2nd place was awarded to the Sintra Grows Healthy project in the Cities category.
The FMUL Nutrition Laboratory has the technical/scientific coordination of the project, with responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating the process and results, always in direct articulation with the technical team of the project promoter - Sintra City Council.
Aware of the extraordinary distinction, it becomes even more motivating to continue when we talk about a project that has now begun its third year of intervention with a high perspective of growth and differentiation. At the moment, it involves more than 3000 children of the first cycle of basic education.
The award valued the commitment of the distinguished entities, highlighting the work carried out in their respective communities, especially in raising awareness of the vital role that everyone plays in strengthening participatory democracy and active citizenship in public health matters. The focus of the 2019 projects was on the prevention and reduction of obesity in children and young people between 6 and 18 years old, which is one of the focuses of Sintra Grows Healthy.
It should be noted that this result was only possible thanks to the effort and dedication of the entire team involved which, every day, does everything to overcome the obstacles for the continuity and growth of the project and, above all, the health of the children of the municipality of Sintra”.
Assistant Professor, Nutrition Lab
Technical-Scientific Coordinator of the Sintra Grows Healthy Project