Students, it's time to get up!
Student education programme on organic food
Fight against junk food
Fight against student poverty
One of the main goals IWUINU has is to promote healthy eating to students while making it available to them. In this way, we aim to provide them with stable health, which in turn will guarantee their performance. However, this is only the beginning, the root of this nutritional problem, which affects a large part of the international population
Action time, let's go!
Offer an organic food workshop at every university. The idea: On the first Monday of each month, groups of students visit plantations to discover and appreciate the hard work of farmers, to become aware of what actually goes into their bellies. This is a way to prevent waste.
Wake up, it's time to change your diet!
Decree a "fruit and vegetable week": for one week a year, students should eat only fruit and vegetables.
Eat well for your health!
One of the main objectives of IWUINU is to promote healthy eating among students and at the same time make it available to them. In this way, we aim to provide them with stable health, which in turn guarantees their performance.
IWUINU is an international charity that promotes healthy eating for students and was founded in spring 2020 during the outbreak of the pandemic by students from different countries - by students for students. At that time, there were more and more negative testimonies from students about food insecurity, which led to increased "junk food" consumption. We at IWUINU take these reports to heart and are ready to fight for a balanced diet for students, for their HEALTH and their FUTURE!
One of the main goals IWUINU has is to promote healthy eating to students while making it available to them. In this way, we aim to provide them with stable health, which in turn will guarantee their performance. However, this is only the beginning, the root of this nutritional problem, which affects a large part of the international population, lies much deeper. In order to get one step closer to solving the problem, we need to work in the five fields: Education, Social Welfare, Economics, Finance, and Environmental Activism. Our missions are as follows:
- Pedagogical: To educate children and young people about the hygienic properties of food, as well as the needs of their bodies; to make them happy with regional products so that they gradually turn away from artificially processed food.
- Social: Improve young people's vision of life and relationships, make them aware of how important personal health is for a fulfilled life and that health must always come first!
- Economic: In 2018, total sales of organic food in the UK increased by 5.3 per cent. This steady growth reveals that over £45 million is spent on organic food in England. By 2020, the market is expected to be worth £2.5 billion.
- Financial: Eating a healthy, balanced diet increases the body's nutritional intake while leading to less and less frequent shopping.
- Environmental: Supporting farmers and organic farmers, educating them about their hard work, which is essential to the circle of life.
At the beginning of the year 2021, the media put on the first page of their agenda the students' cry for help: No food, unhealthy food, too little or no money.... In connection with this cry for help, scientific research was then carried out, which provided the first clues to the extent of the students' plight.
Through the transatlantic collaboration of academics, three main risk factors were highlighted based on student reports: the high level of food insecurity, the loss of employment and the low level of mental well-being during the pandemic. The health crisis caused a general panic and most people were forced to quarantine themselves due to political decrees in order to avoid the risk of infection and stay alive. With the loss of jobs and lack of monthly salary, people and especially students, who usually face constant financial difficulties anyway, had to rely on cheap food, which mostly meant unhealthy food.
For most students, eating junk food during the outbreak was - and still is - a way out to survive. Many universities were not prepared for this situation at all, or were inadequately prepared. Some students reported overpriced and unhealthy meals in the canteen and meal boxes filled with junk food, sometimes resulting in stomach aches for days. Eating cheap food was the only way for students not to starve until real and lasting action could be taken. The negative effects of processed food on mental health cannot be denied, and the food insecurity that remains widespread among students also consumes a large part of their minds, severely limiting their performance and productivity.
As numerous studies have shown, unhealthy food consumption, which profoundly affects the intrinsic immune system of the human body, can lead to a higher risk of infection and a more severe course of viral illness. A high number of people who suffered severe acute respiratory problems during the course of a viral illness were people with underlying chronic diseases, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, which are mostly due to an unhealthy, unbalanced diet. You can find more information about this in the following documents.
Students agreed to testify about their daily food life
They were sometimes asked various questions when leaving
universities or schools: let's listen to them!
My name is Etienne, I'm from Clermont-Ferrand and I study biology at the University of Clermont-Auvergne. I like vegetables in general, courgettes in particular, I like eating yoghurts, a bit of meat, but also products for vegetarians. Organic ....
My name is Aniela, I come from Haimhausen and I study agricultural sciences at the Technical University of Munich, in Freising. I like to eat pasta and salads, I eat a lot of snacks, and I don't eat much meat in my everyday life, but when I have a tasty ...
I am a student of Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and Iwuinu Ambassador in Spain. My mission is to inform all Spanish students about "clean eating without ...
My name is Sofia and I study law at the University of the Côte d'Azur in Nice. I honestly eat almost only pasta because I'm too lazy to cook much after studying. I live in a student room with a super small oven, which means I don't have the means to cook well. That's why I often make ready-made meals, it's quick.
I even have a friend who has neither an oven nor a fridge, ...
My name is Yasmine and I am Nassim. We both study at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Côte d'Azur in Nice. We eat a little bit of everything, pasta, vegetables.... We don't have a specific diet, we're not vegetarians, for example. Eating organic is definitely rare for me - yes, for me too, it's rather rare.
My name is Eleonore and mine is Ofelia. We are both first-year students at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Cote d'Azur in Nice. We eat a little bit of everything, I would say. Yes, sometimes even organic, but we don't necessarily go to the organic food shop. Because, that's true, organic products are not always cheap, it's really too expensive