NESANE - Center for the Study of School Health and Nutrition
Registration at the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq):
Institutional Affiliation: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Campus of Macaé
Leaders: Ana Eliza Port Lourenço, Luana Silva Monteiro, Naiara Sperandio and Priscila Vieira Pontes
NESANE is a study center of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Campus of Macaé. We offer courses and develop research and extension activities about school health and nutrition in Macaé and beyond. NESANE aims to articulate people, actions and studies on different themes, such as: nutritional status of students, teachers and school employees; school food environment; food and nutrition education; promotion of adequate and healthy food; evaluation of school meals offered by PNAE (National School Feeding Program); teacher's health; and professional education on health and nutrition.
Why creating this center?
Building study centers helps to integrate teaching, research and extension, because it provides mutual support between projects, professors, students and local professionals, in logistical terms and in the sense of common use of data and joint actions. This support is particularly important for new satellite campuses, such as UFRJ Macaé in the north of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We support public education.
We believe teaching and research must go hand in hand with extension actions, in order to train professionals, produce knowledge and contribute to the development of the society.
We understand nutrition and healthy food beyond biological aspects, including political, social and cultural dimensions, related to what we eat, when and how we eat, and why the food choices we make.
We believe health education should take place in a non-vertical manner, with focus on dialogue and on exchanges between popular and academic knowledge.
We perceive schools, whether in early childhood education or in elementary, middle and higher education, as a special place for promoting health and building habits for life.