Food in Focus – Portugal

At the end of May, Richard Jack of UK Partners Crystal, attended a special bi-lateral meeting with our Portuguese partners in Ponte de Lima in the north of Portugal. A partner meeting was held in the afternoon and a preparatory session was arranged which allowed us to install Food in Focus on all the computers.

The main session involved a group of over 20 adult learners who investigated the potential of Crystal’s Food Technology software – Food in Focus, which has proved to be so useful within the Healthy Lifestyles Project in the nutritional analysis of the recipes and for the analysis of people’s diets.

Computers were available for all the participants and after an initial presentation, the learners were all able to actively participate, creating and analysing their own daily diets and recipes.

Learners hear about the features of Food in Focus. Richard Jack presents with Rui Vieito  acting as a translator!

It was most interesting that the learners were all able to work out what to do, even those people whose English was a little limited. Because all the computers were linked to the Internet many people were using Google Translate to work out the meaning of words such as the foods in the database. All agreed that the software is intuitive to use and offers great potential. Perhaps a Portuguese version will be developed and made available in the future?

Interactive session – learners using the software.

The session went on longer than anticipated – until after 22.00 – when the enjoyable and engaging workshop was concluded.

We would like to show our appreciation to all those who participated and thank them once again for giving their time so generously.




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