MetMUnch kick-start 2017

MetMUnch has kick-started second term by delivering its own unique brand of nutrition, sustainability and employability at two key events so far this year.

MetMUnch, the healthy food, nutrition and sustainability student enterprise, led by Haleh Moravej, senior lecturer in Nutritional Sciences, has delivered high profile internal and external events that will boost student’s employability, whilst also educating different audiences on some important topics.

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At the end of January, MetMUnch delivered an interactive session for Manchester City’s ‘Staff Wellness Day’ at their Etihad Campus to highlight how staff can make better choices with their diets and improve their health and wellbeing.

Students taught the staff about healthy eating and sustainability by looking at the carbon foot print of food, as well as encouraging the increased consumption of fruits, and in particular vegetables.

The opportunity gave Manchester Met students the chance to shine at a high profile external event by giving them a platform to demonstrate what they have learnt, engage with the public, and enhance their employability skills.

For National Student Money Week, the University’s Widening Participation team gave MetMUnch the mission to demonstrate to Manchester Met students how they could save money and lower food waste by using the left over vegetables at the back of their fridge to make the traditional fermented Korean dish – kimchi.

Research published by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) found that the UK created around 10 million tonnes of food waste in 2016, a staggering 60% of which could have been avoided. This has an estimated value of over £17 billion a year, and is associated with around 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Manchester Met’s Director of Services, Paul Kingsmore was full of praise, he said: “Our new strategic framework reflects our core status as a regionally connected, globally significant University and puts our partnerships and community engagements at the heart of Manchester Metropolitan University.

“MetMUnch’s creative commitment to enhance health and nutrition while building students’ confidence and employability skills has demonstrated how their multiplatform model for learning, teaching, enterprise and outreach can attract, enhance and inspire the imagination of the public and our strategic city partners such as Manchester City Football Club.

“MetMUnch’s expertise in exceptional sustainability education as part of the Environment Team also enables our students to become empowered global citizens and future leaders in sustainability.”