A table of colors

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“A table of colors” is the first project that, on line, combines “Food Education” and “Nutritional Surveillance”, combining in an ideal manner all the schools and the students who participate.
“A game of colors” that allows you to become aware of their food choices and learn how to eat.
For educators, the results of the “game” will become a valuable mass of data which are essential to guide, in a targeted, educational interventions to be implemented.

The project

The ambition is to multiply exponentially the 20,000 students who have so far taken part in our food education project “A table of colors”; that is, get on line, the largest possible number of young people and children of today, who will be the men of tomorrow.

It also provides for the establishment of a “Network of Schools of Taste” which will involve teachers and parents, who represent for the young, a behavioral model of reference.

as it adheres to “a color palette”

Free, through the order form you can join the project and provide ongoing recreational and educational activities.

Membership of the project is the first step to enter the NETWORK OF SCHOOLS OF TASTE.

When and how was

Conceived by Dr. Francesco Leonardi and Dr. John Portelli in 1996, this methodology has been used successfully by paper, out of a population of over 20,000 students.
It is a project that stems from the fact, amply documented in the international literature, that the multiple interventions of nutrition education, implemented on the basis of calories, tables of food composition or in the tables of requirements, have spelled bankruptcy.

As published by the WHO: “No country has yet managed to stop the trend towards an increase in the prevalence of obesity, despite … have been promoted in recent years a growing number of action plans and policy measures”.

From this authoritative observation shows the importance of “A table of colors”; a method which, in a simple and intuitive, allows to develop the empowerment of the individual and to acquire a healthy feeding behavior.

The basic concept

“A table of color” is based on a simple concept: the combination of colors with the basic groups of food.

The inspiration comes from the Swedish grocery service “Allt om Matkassar” which is a pretty new concept.

The student learns to match a different color for each food group and, every day, color, on line, the grid based on the foods consumed. At the end of the week, the colors on the sheet will give the immediate perception of the quality of food choices implemented.

color of food

The language

In our model of education we take very much the language, verbal and nonverbal, because we think it might represent, together, element and an instrument of change.

For this, the basis of our project, we chose the colors: communicative elements of simple and intuitive application. Moreover, as amply demonstrated in the literature, food red, yellow / orange, green, blue / purple, white are closely related to the health and well-being.

The method: insight and self-awareness

A “glance”, only observing the colors in the weekly grid, it will be possible to realize the presence or absence of certain food groups, the variety or of the relative monotony of their diet.

“A table of colors” allows, as well, to take immediate awareness of their usual food consumption.

These data, in the case of schools will provide valuable guidance for educators and experts.

The scientific project: nutritional surveillance

By computer analysis of the “colors” designed by students in each “table”, experts will:

acquire data of fundamental importance for the quality, the frequency of consumption and new food trends that children and adolescents are implementing;
identify the “critical aspects” of these habits, which can be analyzed by age, by gender, by micro-areas (a single, a single class, etc.) or macro (a school, a city, a region, etc.) ;
statistically verify the results as obtained by the nutrition education program implemented (change habits and food choices);
communicate the processed data to teachers, school managers, the public institutions and / or scientific and population.