Italian Healthnic Workshop – Last day

The last day of the Healthnic workshop saw an all-day final working session where participants developed their Digital Storytelling videos on the values, meanings and possibilities offered by setting food and healthy diet as a common ground to facilitate mutual recognition, respect, dignity and integration.

Participants started with a sharing session on the lessons-learnt during the previous days, focusing on the individual competences and awareness around food, pleasure in learning, cooking and tasting new recipes, self-n-mutual recognition as part of community made of human, each with its personal stories, values, tradition, preferred flavors and memories.
After some group-work sessions, up to five Digital Storytelling videos have been created, and later the first one which has been finalized was presented in the very final moments of the day. All the videos will be available shortly on the Healthnic platform.
These days have been an intense and moving experience, and with the colleagues from Diciannove I want to deeply thank all the participants for the enthusiasm and the warm feeling of belonging that we shared. Food, health, individual stories allowed us to break all the borders and share a deep and a releasing feel of belonging.
As Virgian Wolf once said “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

If you want to know more about the Healthnic worksop and see the Digital Storytelling videos of the experience, visit the project’s platform at and download the guide to learn how to build and run an Healthnic workshop here:

Italian Healthnic Workshop – 3rd day

The 3rd day of the Healthnic workshop is dedicated to deepen how an healthy diet, both on daily and weekly basis, can be enriched in term of variety and taste from the use of local products. We ask to local farmers and community-based organizations to present their work, specifically concerning the how-to empower local farmers.
We focus on the connection between the re-discover of local traditional and healthy ingredients, the strengthen of local community, the economical positive feedback of a healthy and wealthy territory, the benefit of a balanced diet, the re-interpretation of traditional recipes dedicated to the fundamental re-use of alimentar left-overs. After these debates and share, we all cooked together, combining left-overs with potatoes from the mountains producers, ending up in a tasty dinner with 5 different colorful version of the traditional „gnocchi” (potato dumpling).
Quoting Francois de la Rochefaucauld, „eating is a basic need, but tasty and clever eating is a work of art”.
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Italian Healthnic Workoshop – 2nd day

Second day of the Healthnic workshop in Luserna San Giovanni. The day has been dedicated to the discovery and rediscovery of spices and their hidden flavors. After the colleagues from Diciannove gave an introduction to the spices and their qualities, all participants played with consonants and dissonances of flavors, such as sweet, salty, bitter, sour …
the kitchen was filled with the aroma of local and foreign spices that helped to give unusual flavors to the recipes created and proposed by the participants. After share the cooking, we all savored the dishes together.

Discovering, tasting and inhabiting flavors, consonances and dissonances is an important moment in every individual story, because as Feuerbach claimed, “man is what he eats”.

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Healthnic Local Workshops have started in Italy

Diciannove held the first day of the healthic workshop in Luserna San Giovanni (To). Despite a terrible rain-storm, the atmosphere was warm. After introducing the rules of the workshop in term of respect, dignity and equality of all participants, the day was dedicated to build up a community climax through some icebreakers and sociometric games. We started to familiarize between a variety of origins, which included Male, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Guinea, Torino, Pinerolo, Sardinia, Benevento, Bussoleno and Genoa.
We shared some preferred recipes, then cooked and eat together to taste the flavor of the territory. Because as Jean Brunhes said, “When it comes to eating, territories have to be incorporated”.
If you want to learn more about the healthic workshop, visit the project web platform at and download the guide here:

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Τhe Practical Guide to Healthnic Diet Workshops is now available online

The moment all the Healthnic team was waiting for has come. We are very proud to present the Practical Guide to Healthnic Diet Workshops, a manual that will help professionals working with intercultural groups to organise workshops where participants can acquire cooking, healthy eating, language, cultural awareness and ICT skills.

You can either download it in PDF and read it at your own pace or surf through its different parts online.

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Healthnic Diet Guide, translations and more…

The Healthnic Diet team has accomplished a challenging task. It has created the Healthnic Diet Guide, a manual that includes the knowledge and experience in healthy and ethnic food of 10 professionals, staff members of the partner organizations.

Since July Diciannove has been working on creating the electronic version of the Guide that will upload on the platform and Greek, Italian and Polish partners are going to finish the translation of the Guide in their national languages until the end of September.

So be prepared to download the Guide and stay tuned because after October we will be ready to give you feedback from the Healthnic Diet local workshops which will be based on the Guide and on the experience of the Training for trainers that was organized last June in Syros.

The uploading of Videos created at the LTTA meeting has just started

During the LTTA meeting in Syros all the participants were trained and collaborated on topics related to food culture and healthier eating. They were also trained on digital storytelling method in order to express themselves on topics related to food. All this accumulated experience is the base for the digital videos that the participants created at the end of the seminar and will be uploaded here. The first video describes the experience of the LTTA seminar. Stay tuned because more videos will follow.

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Training for trainers (LTTA) and Transnational Project Meeting in Greece/ 25th-30th June 2018

Vardakeios School hosted in Syros from 25th-29th June the Training for trainers meeting (LTTA) of Healthnic Diet project. 15 trainers from Danmar(PL), Diciannove(IT), ITT(IR), MRSN(UK) and Vardakeios(GR) participated in a training that included all aspects for the facilitation of a “Healthnic Diet” workshop.
All participants with the guidance of their trainers, Maria Krina and Vasilis Evdokias, worked together on food culture and healthy eating, they created digital stories based on food but also contributed in adapting the workshop to the needs of the vulnerable target groups. Now the next step is the organization of local Healthnic workshops from the end of September until the end of December 2018.
From 29th-30th June the participants also attended the Transnational project meeting in order to finalize the Guide and discussed issues related to management and dissemination of the project.

Draft version of “The practical Guide to Healthnic Diet workshops” has been completed

Vardakeios School, ITT and MRSN worked since October 2017 on the writing of draft version of “The practical Guide to Healthnic Diet workshops”. It was a challenging task as the representatives of the organisations had to collaborate from a distance with the exception of a 5- day meeting in February in Liverpool where they all had the chance to work together closely.

The Practical Guide is divided in two parts: the theoretical and the implementation part.

A trainer that would like to organize a Healthnic workshop can find in this Guide useful information about the importance of participatory learning, activities on group building and cultural exchange, social inclusion issues, references on nutritional education, home economics and active citizenship.

Most importantly on the implementation part there are step by step instructions on how to organize a cooking workshop and how to enrich the process with detailed instructions on digital storytelling activities that will involve participants in the production of digital stories about food.

At the end of the Guide there are also four annexes that offer information about digital storytelling, rules of nutritional diet, culinary terminology, food vocabulary and uses of herbs and spices.

The Guide is helpful to professionals working with vulnerable target groups such as refugees, immigrants and unemployed people but also to anyone that would like to acquire healthy eating habits by being open-minded to traditional food experiences.

During summer the Guide will be edited in order to be uploaded on the e-platform and later on it will be translated in Greek, Italian and Polish.

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IO2 coming soon. The Guide to assist organisations to set up HEALTHNIC workshops

Partners of Healthnic Diet project are closely collaborating for the preparation of the Guide. Since the Kick off meeting:
-A transnational meeting was held in Liverpool on 19th-23rd February 2018 with the main goal to agree on the structure of the Guide and to give feedback on the material that was already produced individually. Five staff members of Vardakeios, MRSN and ITT worked hard for 5 days in order to prepare an informative and attractive manual. After the feedback from all partners it will follow the editing and the translation of the Guide in partner`s languages. We expect the Guide to be uploaded on the e-platform by the end of September.
-All project partners are eager to attend the training for trainers meeting (LTTA) in Syros on 25th-29th June 2018. A 5 days seminar in Vardakeios School will give the chance to participants to acquire cooking and ICT skills in a multicultural environment in order to organize their own local Healthnic Workshops.
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Kick-off meeting

The Kick-off meeting of the project was held on 26th – 27th October 2017 in Bussoleno, Italy. The meeting was attended by 14 representatives of all project partners from the five EU countries: Greece, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom and Poland

The meeting was devoted to various presentations on partners’ organizations, project management tool and discussion on task division among partners, agreements on the intellectual outputs, and explanation of both the dissemination and evaluation plans.

We established our project plan, strengthened our collaboration relationships and planned our next common steps and communication.

We are currently preparing:

A meeting for the Guide writing in Liverpool, UK on 19th to 23rd  February 2018 where Vardakeios School, ITT Institute of Technology Tralee and Merseyside Refugee Support Network will finalise the Guide`s content.

Next steps:

-the 5-day training for trainers session (LTTA) in Syros, Greece, scheduled between 25th and 29th of June

-the second transnational meeting that will take place in Syros Greece on the 29th and 30th of June