Nestlé and the Romanian Association of the Blind make nutritional guidelines accessible to people with visual impairments

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, is launching for the first time in Romania the VeggiePortia and NutriPortion nutrition guides in braille, designed specifically to help people with visual impairments prepare their own balanced and nutritional.

The nutritional guides have been adapted in collaboration with the Romanian Association of the Blind and visual artist Monica Mocanu.

“We were delighted with Nestlé’s initiative to produce these nutritional tools in Braille. The objective of the project carried out together this year is to acquire life skills, increase the self-confidence and autonomy of people with special needs”, explains Mihai Dinu, first vice-president of the Association of blind people from Romania.

More than a billion people suffer from some form of disability, of which 95 million are children, according to the first World Report on Disability published by the World Health Organization and the World Bank in 20211. In our country, it there are more than 95,000 blind people, of whom 2,700 are children. These people need to be integrated, recognized and accepted in an inclusive society that gives them the opportunity to be independent.

“Nestlé’s mission is to help improve quality of life, by providing healthy and tasty options for those who want to lead a balanced lifestyle. We are always concerned that people of all genders, religions, cultures, sexual orientations or people with disabilities are included in society and lead healthy lives, which is why we are members of the ILO Global Business and People with Disabilities Network and of The Valuable 500. We wanted to adapt our previously created nutritional guidelines to meet the needs of people who are blind. There’s a lot to be done to make their lives easier, so we’ve also developed NutriPlate and VeggiePlate in Braille, to help them be self-sufficient in preparing their daily meals and give them a template for healthy recipes.” , explains Nicoleta Tupiță, Nutritionist, Head of Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Nestlé România.

In addition to the two plates for balanced meals, 20 recipes for lunch and dinner in audio format have also been created, specially adapted in terms of units of measurement of ingredients for people with visual impairments. This collection of healthy recipes has been designed according to the principles of VeggiePlate and NutriPlate and includes vegetarian recipes and vegan recipes that support sustainable eating, but also recipes suitable for children.

A Good Living Guide in Braille has also been created as part of the initiative with practical advice for becoming independent in the kitchen. This guide designed for HORECA complements the tools of the initiative and aims to inform partners in this sector on the appropriate interaction with visually impaired people for the accessibility of restaurants and cafes. The need to dine out more often was identified in workshops conducted by Nestlé and the Romanian Association for the Visually Impaired.

All these tools can be accessed and downloaded from the website https://www.nestle.ro/veggie-nutri-braille. Through the Romanian Association for Visually Impaired People, these tools for healthy eating will be distributed to visually impaired people from the association’s database.

“For me, it is a real privilege that my passion has brought me together with this initiative, through which I will have the opportunity to bring to life such useful nutritional tools that will make a difference in the daily activities of people with visual impairment”, says Mona Mocanu, visual artist.

NutriPortion and VeggiePortion can be downloaded from the website www.nestle.ro and are guides to quantity, inspiration and diversity. The plates show the optimal proportions and the right combinations between the different plant-based food groups, so that all meals for adults and children are well balanced and provide the necessary nutrients. The plates are divided into three segments: 50% vegetables, 25% animal or vegetable protein, nuts and seeds, 25% whole grain products and potatoes. According to a Nestlé study from December 2021, 50% of Romanians in urban areas consume at least 1-2 plant-based meals per week, and 16% at least 3. Also, 41% say they want to increase the consumption of foods plants. food-based in the future. These clues make the VeggiePlate option a useful guide for anyone increasing their intake of plant foods.

Find out about other Nestlé food initiatives at www.nestle.ro/nutritie/.

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