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Monday, 12 September 2016

Consumer Science students reach out to community

PARTICIPATE: Farm workers who participated in a Service Learning initiative that was organized by the Department of Consumer Science PARTICIPATE: Farm workers who participated in a Service Learning initiative that was organized by the Department of Consumer Science

Making healthy food choices will contribute towards healthy lifestyles.

This is the mantra of second-year Consumer Science students who recently spent two afternoons sharing their knowledge with a group of farm workers in the Stellenbosch community.

Part of a CPUT Service Learning initiative, lecturer Theloshni Govender and her students teamed up with Samantha Davids from the Pebbles Project, a non-profit organization that is actively working with children and parents in the Winelands farming communities.

Davids says the collaboration with CPUT is part of their volunteer programme, which sees individuals give of their time and skills to enrich their programmes.

Govender says this is the second year that their department has collaborated with Pebbles Project, and this year they decided to target parents and caregivers and highlight the importance of nutrition.

“As part of the project, the CPUT students worked in groups, with each tasked to come up with an interactive presentation on nutritional wellness,” says Govender.

img-Consumer-Science-students-reach-out-to-community-2INFORMATION: Students informed participants about the benefits of eating healthy

The topics covered included the value of nutrition, the benefits of healthy eating, hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus. The students also distributed food hampers which were sponsored by the department’s staff members and the students themselves, as well as a hearty meal.

Student Lindy Dyakala says she is grateful to have been able to partake in the project, as many people are unaware of how to prevent lifestyle diseases through proper nutrition.

“This was such a great initiative,” she says.

“It felt good to be able to share information.”

Her classmate Qhamani Vandala says she enjoyed interacting with the group of parents and caregivers.

“My highlight was being able to teach people. The reality is, if you don’t’ eat well, then you are susceptible to lifestyle diseases.”

img-Consumer-Science-students-reach-out-to-community-3TEAM WORK: The team who participated in the Service Learning initiative

*For more information on the Pebbles Project and to find out how to partake in their volunteer programme, see www.pebblesproject.co.za

Written by Candes Keating

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Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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