SAFALIN (Salud - Familias- Infancia) is an initiative created to reduce rates of childhood obesity among families at risk of social exclusion, as it is proved that children from low-income families are more predisposed to suffer obesity. Despite being preventable, nearly 1 in 5 children and adolescents are overweight/obese. In particular, this project will provide 50 children with healthy habits workshops which will help them have better health opportunities in their future.
Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 are overweight/obese. This problem is worse in underprivileged communities where children lack the proper tools needed to live a healthy lifestyle. Because low-income families don't have the access or funds to purchase healthy foods, low-income areas experience higher rates of obesity. Since obese children are likely to continue being obese as adults, they are more inclined to develop a variety of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Gasol Foundation works to reverse the trend of childhood obesity, one of the most serious global health challenges. During the 8 sessions of the SAFALIN project, healthy habits are promoted based on four pillars: sports/physical activity, healthy eating, sleep quality, and emotional well-being. The dynamic educational seminars equip families with healthy tips to apply to their daily routines. SAFALIN enables families to lead healthy lifestyles that can be sustained, reducing obesity rates.
This Project aims to educate, in one year, 50 underprivileged children and their families on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Teaching these children and their families on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle decreases the risk of diseases, improves vitality, and creates a happier, healthier global community. This will, in the long term, contribute to the achievement of decreased rates of childhood obesity, and will have a positive socioeconomic impact in local communities.