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Mount Alvernia High School in Montego Bay has emerged winner in the National Secondary Schools Nutrition Quiz Competition for 2005, earning the right to represent the western region at the national finals scheduled for October 26 in Kingston.
The competition is organized and staged by the National Food and Nutrition Co-ordinating Committee of Jamaica (NFNCCJ), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (Home Economics Section) and the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, and involves all the six regions of the Ministry.
The main objectives of the competition are to improve the image of food and nutrition, to promote nutrition and healthy lifestyles among students and community, and help students in their preparation for external examinations in food and nutrition.
Other schools which participated in the quiz competition in western Jamaica included Anchovy High, Green Island High, Merlene Ottey High, Ruseas High and Godfrey Stewart High Schools.
Winning teams representing the six regions will compete for the right to represent Jamaica at the Caribbean Schools’ Food and Nutrition Quiz Competition on November 9 and 10.
Quiz Master and noted Nutritionist, Lorna Edwards told JIS News that the competition was not just about cooking but about the promotion of healthy lifestyles and behavioural changes in individuals.
“If students begin to practise healthy lifestyles, they will eventually talk about this with their parents and then the whole community will get involved, resulting in a healthy lifestyle for the entire country. This in the end will be better as there would be less medical expenses and less illnesses where chronic and non-communicable diseases will be controlled or prevented,” Mrs. Edwards said.
She commended all participating schools and encouraged the Mount Alvernia High School team members to continue to prepare for the national finals as they had the potential to be Caribbean champions.