Dubai Women’s College plays a leadership role in offering healthy lifestyle choices for students

Published October 28th, 2009 - 09:56 GMT

Dubai Women’s College announced today the opening of Sandella’s, the new fast casual Café in its campus, with a new premium quality, health-conscious and fresh menu items for students.
DWC initiative was developed in collaboration with Abela, a leading company in offering healthy eating for over 15 years at DWC. “At Abela, we believe in choice and balanced meal,” said Abdulkarim Hannawi, CEO of Abela adding that “through our partnership at Dubai Women’s College over the past 15 years, we became a better company in terms of educating students, faculty and staff about healthy eating, and that’s where Sandella’s’s comes in to compliment the various concepts we already provide.”
DWC is the only college to have incorporated physical education classes into the curriculum, introduced healthy foods without trans-fats in the cafeteria and eliminated sodas and candy from the campus.
From his part, Dr. Howard Reed, Director of Dubai Women’s College, said that the opening of Sandella’s’s is part of a wider initiative by DWC to emphasize health and wellness among DWC students. “Dubai Women’s College is known for providing its students and faculty staff with the healthy food in an environment that promotes healthy lifestyle," said Dr. Howard Reed, Director of DWC. "This exciting approach to the food we offer our students at the college is not just an amenity. It is part of our commitment to help them stick as quickly as possible to a healthy lifestyle and combat obesity and diabetic diseases."
This year DWC celebrates its 20th anniversary. Through its students, faculty, staff and partners, Dubai Women’s College (DWC) have been practicing the following ELITE principles: Excellence, Leadership, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.
One of DWC trademarks is its focus on developing a “whole person”, so in 2005 the college introduced a college-wide, healthy eating program, in coordination with the Health and Physical Education program delivered to over 1200 students per week at the DWC Fitness Center.
“We help start students down the path of healthy eating by offering healthy food at DWC cafeterias," Dr. Reed noted.

The café opening was attended by Dr. Howard Reed, Director of DWC and CEO of Abela among other prominent personals.
"If DWC can play a leadership role in this area and be an advocate for organic, local and sustainable foods for students, we`re proud to take that responsibility," concluded Dr. Reed.
Sandella’s’s opening came on the sidelines of DWC celebration of the World Food Day. DWC student Affairs Department and Student Parliament organized activities to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in the world through displaying food leftovers by students in the cafeteria along with photos of children who are dying of hunger in Africa and other countries around the world. In addition to that, an episode of Khawater “Thoughts - prominent TV show” was running on LCD screens to highlight the positive aspects of students at schools in Japan who are keen on maintaining the cleanliness of schools and value the food they are eating, was also displayed.

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