Carrefour and Disney, backed by top chef, come to Mijas to teach people how to eat properly

Mijas Carrefour's manager, and the mayor with some of the first visitors to the project.
Mijas Carrefour's manager, and the mayor with some of the first visitors to the project. / I.G.
  • A travelling roadshow aims to teach children and local residents the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise

With the aim of showing families the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the 'Caravana de la Salud' (Health Caravan) parked up in Mijas on Tuesday.

The project is the initiative of international chef Ferrán Adrià, Carrefour and Disney and was presented on Tuesday by Mijas mayor Juan Carlos Maldonando and the manager of Mijas Carrefour Álvaro Bazán.

Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday different associations and groups of children from the area visited the 'roadshow'' and learned what healthy eating is all about.

"Promoting a healthy lifestyle among citizens is essential to the town hall. We have encouraged this concept by having free sports activities for residents and, with this caravan, we are promoting another important area, nutrition," explained the mayor.

The manager of Mijas Carrefour, Álvaro Bazán, said that the staff run 50-minute workshops for classes of about 20 visitors.

The classes consisted of a theoretical session about healthy cooking and then hands-on practice in which recipes from the book 'Te cuento en la cocina' by Ferrán Adrià, were prepared, under the supervision of the nutrition department of La Paz Hospital.

Carrefour has established a series of agreements with various schools and parents' associations in order to help transmit the key points about the importance of implementing healthy habits such as good nutrition and sport.

The Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) Barcelona in February was chosen as the setting for the start of this third tour of Spain. The Caravana de la Salud has so far visited over thirty Spanish towns to promote good eating habits. The objective is to share information about healthy eating with children, as well as to convey the message that family cooking is synonymous with fun.

The Carrefour initiative has an educational area where cooking workshops are held as well as an exhibition on nutrition and a play area. In addition activities were also carried out in the caravan with the robots NAO and Pepper, to liven up the visit and to interact with the attendees.

During the presentation in Barcelona, Miguel Ángel Conesa, Marketing Director of Carrefour, said that by the end of this year, "almost 400,000 people and close to 100,000 children will have visited the Caravana de la Salud".

The company hopes this will help to spread advice on healthy living habits and extend the message of "making family cooking fun" to the whole of Spain.