Dietician to Offer Free Workshop on Healthy Diets for Children

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Vientiane – Nutritional expert, Ulla Bahne, will offer a free workshop for parents and community members who are interested in creating a healthy diet for their young children at Panyathip’s Nonsavanh campus on Saturday, January 20th.

The event which is open to the public is part of a continuing series hosted by the Parenting Community, a service offered by Panyathip International School at Nonsavanh. In this workshop, Bahne, a qualified clinical dietician from Denmark, provides useful information on what is needed for both physical development and mental alertness.

A family picnic follows the lecture and discussion on children’s nutritional needs. The presentation is delivered in English with Lao translation.

“This is a fun activity that allows both children and parents to learn,” says Bahne, who has more than 10 years experience with Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden and the Danisk Heart Association in Copenhagen, Denmark. “There are many healthy food options available in Laos which we will explore.”

Bahne, who has two daughters of her own, recently moved to Vientiane in October and has sought out opportunities to engage with the community and improve public health. In addition to volunteerism, she is an avid reader and enjoys running to stay fit.

“We are thrilled to have such a qualified speaker join our parenting community,” says Greg Dolezal, head of school at PIS-Nonsavanh. “We are always lucky in Vientiane when professionals show such a strong desire to share their talents.”

The workshop focuses on foods and drinks that are needed for strong healthy bone and tissue growth as well as cognitive development. The discussion will address food groups and recommended daily allowances for children to consume as well as staples for a healthy diet that are readily available.

For parents in need of childcare during the workshop, the school will provide fun educational activities for children supervised by Panyathip teachers. Later children can join their parents for the family picnic.

“The parenting community is really about empowering families to give the best environment for their children,” says Natalie Taylor, who envisioned the workshop series. “That’s why we open the event to everyone and provide childcare to give parents the chance to engage.”

The event is this Saturday, January 20th, from 9am to 11am at Panyathip’s Nonsavan campus. More information can be found on the parenting community website.

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