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Surinamese organization receives the second prize in the 15th Caribbean Nutrition Competition
Paramaribo, 2 December 2011 - Wandy Soemodihardjo (Dietician) and Bastiaan de Boer (Physical Therapist), of Boeroeswing paramedical practice, received on November 16th in Georgetown (Guyana) the 2nd prize in the "Nutrition Promotion Competition 2011". The competition was organized by CFNI (Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute) for countries within the Caribbean. Suriname is thus highlighted as being a country in the region addressing the promotion of healthy eating in young people.

They received the prize for their "Prisisri Fit Camp” activity. In addition, they also won the prize in the category "Most Creative Nutrition Promotion Project". The prize consisted of a trophy, a plaque and a cash prize of $ 450. The money will be used for organizing and conducting follow up activities of Prisiri Fit Camp, such as a healthy cooking workshop for children and parents and various movement activities.

Prisiri Fit Camp is for overweight or obese children aged 9-14 years. The goal of the camp is to increase awareness in the children and their parents and to motivate them to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The camp focused on three areas: nutrition, exercise and psychosocial support. Prior to participation, the 20 participants were tested on various components including weight, BMI, body fat and fitness. In the week prior to the camp, each participant kept a food diary. This year, Prisiri Fit Camp has been conducted for the 2nd time.

The Caribbean Nutrition Promotion Competition assesses how individuals or organizations in the region work to improve nutrition and health for special groups or the general population. CFNI is a specialized Centre of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and aims to attain food security and achieve optimal nutritional health for all peoples of the Caribbean through collaboration with Caribbean countries to enhance, describe, manage and prevent the key nutritional problems and to increase countries’ capacities in providing effective nutritional services.

CFNI collaborates closely with CARICOM secretariat in ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in the Caribbean. This is achieved through the implementation of activities emanating from the Regional Food and Nutrition Strategy (RFNS), particularly through activities in health care delivery system and training programmes in food economics, food and nutrition policy and planning.

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