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Healthy food and nutrition

Unemployed people and those at risk of unemployment or marginalisation use a lot of convenience food and their diet is not balanced. Poor eating habits weaken people's health and their ability to function. In this good practice, we improve the participants' eating habits.

Implementation of the good practice

A free lunch is provided to the clients of the project on the three weekly activity days. A person employed through pay subsidy works in the workshop kitchen, taking responsibility for the operation of the kitchen and guiding the clients of the project. 

The clients can themselves plan meals under the guidance of the kitchen staff and help the staff. The ingredients are healthy and they are gathered from nature. Clients make trips to nature and to the forest to pick berries, mushrooms and wild herbs for the meals and to be stored for the winter. Vegetables and herbs are also grown both in a vegetable garden and in garden boxes.

Clients eat the food they have made using healthy ingredients together.


  • Healthy and diverse nutrition is an important basis for a person's ability to function and work. By growing food at home and gathering it from nature, it is possible to make clean, affordable and healthy meals.
  • Clients' courage to try different tastes and to widen their diet increases.
  • Clients have the opportunity to make dishes they have not been able to make before.
  • In the group, clients also teach each other new skills and practices, such as identifying mushrooms and using berries.

How to take advantage of the good practice

Adopting a healthy lifestyle together works best in implementing a change. Doing things in practice is better than just receiving the instructions or listening to lectures.


Tuomas Koskela, North Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, tel. +358 295 038 506, tuomas.koskela(at)ely-keskus.fi

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Further information on the project:

Structural Fund Information Service S20953
Priority axis 5. Social inclusion and combating poverty
Specific objective 10.1 Promoting the employment of young people and those in a weak position in the job market