Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul educated its One Team participants about the importance of healthy eating with a special session last week in the Fenerbahce Beko Kitchen at the Ulker Sports and Event Hall.
Fenerbahce encourages healthy eating through One Team
Dietician Merve Gursoy and club chef Recep Desteguloglu gave tips on choosing the right food, eating well with a limited budget, meal planning, choosing the right nutrients and related topics such as the environmental impact of fast-food packaging.
After working up their hunger by talking about good food, the children were then able to prepare oatmeal and made sandwiches for themselves, under the guidance of Gursoy and Desteguloglu.
Gursoy explained that nutrition has become a more important topic than ever, saying: "Increasing consumption of highly processed foods and beverages, replacing or supplementing traditional plant-based diets, and a simultaneous decrease in physical activity, has led to a shift in traditional dietary patterns.
"Access to nutritious food has a direct impact on health. Long-term health can be maintained with many cost-effective interventions, and our workshop focused on the accessibility of healthy food for individuals from all economic groups."
The session was part of Fenerbahce’s ongoing project with TEB Atasehir Anatolian High School, which uses the power of basketball to address community cohesion among at-risk youths.
The program focuses on helping the kids stay interested in sport by experiencing the different values of basketball in a fun and engaging way. It also includes sessions on health and well-being, such as this week's on healthy eating, along with several actions related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13. The program is supported by experienced Fenerbahce youth team coaches and experts from club partner Beko.
One Team, supported by Turkish Airlines as the One Team Founding Patron and with the collaboration of Special Olympics as Proud Partner, uses basketball to achieve real social impact in our communities.
With an innovative model of interconnectedness across an entire continent, Euroleague Basketball and its clubs have developed a complete CSR program that brings together activities from each team in an integrated, impactful way, working under the theme of ‘community integration’ that actively addresses targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10 on Reduced Inequalities.
Each participating club develops a specific One Team project tailored to its own community needs to benefit groups in danger of exclusion due to problems such as substance abuse and gender, physical or intellectual disability. Since its founding in 2012, the One Team program has reached already directly and indirectly more than 23,000 participants through its various team projects.