This activity is about understanding the impact your choice of daily food has on the environment and how a balanced diet is good for your health as well as the balance of the planet. Participants will reflect on their diet and the recommended food pyramid for nutrition.
Develop these Key Competencies
- Self Awareness
- Critical thinking
- Table for weekly food
- Food pyramid
This activity is better if you do it with your team!
- Ask your team to sit together as a group and exchange what your favourite foods and drinks are. How often are you having each? Could you introduce the table for weekly food and ask them to mark the frequency in it? Once finished, ask them to add all marks for each food category and the end of the table.
- Fill out the steps of the empty pyramid according to the succession of the food - the most significant number is the pyramid's foundation, and the smallest is the top. If you did not have all food types during the week, leave out as many pyramid steps as food types you did not have at the bottom.
- Introduce them to the Standard Food Pyramid. Ask participants to compare with the one they have. Ask the following questions: Do you see any differences? Are you eating too much or too little of a particular food type?
- Compare your food pyramid to the environmental impact pyramid. Ask the following questions. Can you spot any food you are eating with a high environmental impact? If yes, are you eating too much of this food? Could you eat something else instead of what is better for your health and the environment? Ask the group to exchange what they found out
Relevant information if you are facilitating
- The pyramid graphic provided is focused on a Mediterranean diet as an example. Please search for your country’s/region’s environmental pyramid through different platforms.
- The graphic is mainly for people above 15 years or more. You can look for other sources to find a pyramid matching your place.