Children should eat more fish and seafood

New program allocates NOK 10.5 million to promote good nutrition


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The Norwegian government would like children to eat more fish and seafood.

Translated by Andy Meyer

The nutrition program Fiskesprell received NOK 10.5 million from Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen (H) to help get children to eat more fish and seafood.

“Fish is quick to make, easy to like, and easy to vary. It can be eaten at home or on a hike, and it’s healthy for both body and mind. Children should eat more fish, but they need to learn how,” he said.

One of the measures meant to build up the joy of fish is the Fiskesprell program, which the fisheries minister strengthened with NOK 6.5 million in addition to the NOK 4 million already set aside in the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries’ budget.

The nutrition program aims to give children good experiences with fish and seafood by training staff in kindergartens and schools in seafood preparation in addition to educational materials and support for procuring ingredients.

“The money will help Fiskesprell reach more people, such as parents who, indeed, have the primary responsibility for their children’s nutrition. Fiskesprell’s portfolio will also be broadened such that climate and sustainability are integrated into the curriculum, along with nutrition,” Ingebrigtsen said.

The Directorate of Health advises Norwegians to eat fish for dinner two to three times a week and also as a lunch meat. The same nutrition guidance has also been identified as important in reducing the burden on the climate.

This article originally appeared in the July 10, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American.

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