Maria Ana Angeleri

Ashoka Fellow
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fellow Since 2011

Citation

This profile was prepared when Maria Ana Angeleri was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The New Idea
María Ana is tackling the epidemic of childhood obesity and other non-communicable diseases by focusing on health and wellness rather than on obesity because she knows that diets for overweight and obese kids do not work. She is creating healthy nutrition habits from early childhood, and considers education to be the key driver needed to encourage nutritious food choices by the individual, family, and school. Because healthy habits can be built into school curricula and learned early on, María Ana sees school as the best forum for realizing her vision to promote a healthy lifestyle, body, and mind. Once schools create this enabling environment for engaged learning about nutrition and parents and students develop the tools to carry these lessons into the home, nutrition can be positioned as a priority and this framework for education will spread nationwide.

María Ana has shown that children of all income classes prefer and consume low nutritional quality diets and firmly believes that good nutrition is a product of the education of a family or child, not their economic status alone. Through innovative nutrition education programs, fun participatory games and learning, and access to quality web-based information that is accessible at home, María Ana is ensuring the children are active participants in curriculum development and have the motivation to care about their food choices. She is building an improved and scalable school infrastructure around health education.
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