young people from Kirkcaldy are helping to encourage their peers to eat healthier by opening up a cafe at the town’s YMCA.
The Sound Bites Cafe will open today (Thursday) as part of Fife Youth Work Week and will be run by Young People Are (YPA) a youth group which meets regularly at the Valley Garden premises.
Their decision to set up the Sound Bites Cafe followed a survey they carried out over the summer months which showed that many of their peers had a diet largely consisting of carry-outs and junk food.
Kirkcaldy YMCA secured £3400 from Fife Food and Health Strategy Group to establish the cafe initiative.
As well as providing visitors with a healthier eating alternative, it will give youngsters an opportunity to build on their skills by undertaking training in food hygiene and first aid and to put these skills to use.
The project is being launched at the ‘Hub ‘N’ Grub’ event on Thursday from 6.00-9.00 p.m. when volunteers will be making an array of healthy snacks and determining their popularity before earning their place on the café’s weekly menu.
The cafe will complement the regular Hub sessions on adopting healthier lifestyles which are already held at the YMCA.
Lyndsay Clark, senior health promotion officer with NHS Fife, said she was delighted to be involved.
She added that the fact that the research behind the initiative had been carried out by the very people consuming the fast food was to be commended.
Liz Easton, general manager of Kirkcaldy YMCA, added: “We are really keen to get Sound Bites up and running and, if possible, to extend it across other programmes.
‘‘It is essential we work with other organisations and services to maximise the opportunities available in the community.”