Nannies to put in the loop of healthy diet

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Nannies to put in the loop of healthy diet
Sheikha Al Ahbabi of Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children speaks during the Press conference. - KT photo by Dhes Handumon

Dubai - Nannies, caregivers and parents will be trained in importance of nutritious food consumption

By Dhanusha Gokulan

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Published: Sun 7 Jan 2018, 8:10 PM

Last updated: Sun 7 Jan 2018, 10:17 PM

Taking care of children can be very challenging for parents. Given that several mothers in the UAE are working women, much of the primary caregiving responsibilities - especially of providing food and nutrition to children - are performed by nannies.
The Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children's (AJCCC) official nutritionist, Sheikha Al Ahbabi, said: "In several households across the UAE, housemaids double up as nannies. In most cases, these women are not educated and are unaware of what is healthy for children and what's not."
Speaking to Khaleej Times at the sidelines of the press conference that announced the launch of the centre's January-February cultural activities, Al Ahbabi stated that the centre will launch a free event for nannies, caregivers, parents, and children on the importance of nutritious food consumption.
The event, 'The Loop', is set to take place on February 3 and will host over 140 people including parents, nannies, and children. Pre-registration can be done by visiting the centre at Umm Suqeim 3 or over the phone.

Storing food the right way in your fridge
* Anything that has a dripping effect needs to be stored at the bottom
* Raw and uncooked food must be placed in the freezer
* Fruits and vegetables can be frozen; however, they need to be packed in at their peak ripe state to keep the nutrition intact
* The door is warmer than the rest of the fridge: avoid keeping milk or other dairy products here
* While thawing foods, do it slowly. Place it in warm water and vinegar to avoid acidic reaction
Al Ahbabi and the centre decided to launch the programme, after noticing that students at the AJCCC were bringing in junk food such as a cheese slice sandwiches, biscuits and juices for major meals. "We have to face the facts: in many households across the UAE, nannies are the primary caregivers. This programme is aimed at educating them on what's healthy for the family," she added. The programme was devised after thorough research of school lunchboxes and conversations with parents and families.
The programme will also inform nannies on the importance of the right way of storing food in refrigerators and cupboards, to avoid rotting, mould and spread of bacteria. "For example, the door of the refrigerator is the warmest area and parents must avoid storing milk and other dairy products there, because it is prone to getting spoilt much faster. Instead, place these inside the fridge cabinet," Al Ahbabi pointed out.
She added that children must be served four major food components in their daily lunch: grains, in the form of toast or pasta; fruits and vegetables, which should comprise half the meal; protein, both plant or animal-based; and dairy, also regular or plant-based like soy milk.

8-year-old Arabs Got Talent winner to perform in Dubai

dubai - Folk music, traditional Arab instruments, world tunes and a scintillating performance by 8-year-old Eman Basha, the winner of Arabs Got Talent Season 5, are major highlights of 'Mood Music Concert', the year's first cultural event at the Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children (AJCCC).
The event will take place on Saturday, January 13.
Announcing the calendar of events for January and February 2018, Moza Al Raqbabi, AJCCC spokesperson said the centre will run four cultural shows throughout January and February, including Mood Music Concert. "Around 140 people, including parents of students participating in the event, are expected to be part of the cultural shows," said Moza.
Tala Tutunji, the centre's music coordinator, said: "Eight-year-old Eman Bisha, winner of Arabs Got Talent, has been training with us for some time now. A total of 10 students in the age group of 8-17 will perform eight tracks, ranging from Western Classical, traditional Emirati music, and world music including Turkish and Cuban songs." Students at the concert are of Emirati, Arab, European, American, and Asian descent.
'Bidayat', a pottery exhibition, set to take place on Saturday, January 27, will showcase the artefacts made by AJCCC students, using techniques such as hand-building, wheel throwing, and glazing that will be shown as sculptures, installations, vases and much more. The ACT Festival, from Thursday- Saturday, February 22-24, will present specialised technical theatrical workshops.
All events are free entry to the public. Parents can pre-register for the event or call the centre on 04 3169999.

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