Healthy pies a win­ner

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

Mak­ing healthy pies to curb the spread of di­a­betes was a win­ning idea for a group of For­est View High School stu­dents.

Year 11 and 12 stu­dents put their heads to­gether to come up with eight busi­ness ideas to pre­sent to judges over three-days when they took part in a three-day busi­ness course re­cently called Maibiz run by fa­cil­i­ta­tor Mark Dou­glas.

Dou­glas said the stu­dents had to come up with a con­cept for a busi­ness in­volv­ing healthy food and drink op­tions that was lo­cally based.

Each group was marked on four things, a busi­ness plan, how creative and in­no­va­tive the ideas are, how well the group worked as a team, and how well things were pre­sented in the expo.

‘‘At the end of the day it’s about learn­ing in a dif­fer­ent way out­side of the class­room,’’ Dou­glas said. ‘‘It’s a chance for the stu­dents to be creative.’’ The win­ning group was UMA (United Moody Ado­les­cence) who de­signed a health­ier al­ter­na­tive of the av­er­age pie.

The con­cept was made when the group dis­cov­ered the high num­ber of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes and the fact the 60 mil­lion pies were be­ing con­sumed ev­ery year.

The stu­dents phys­i­cally made mini pies to show it was pos­si­ble, swap­ping pas­try for potato and ku­mara, canola oil for veg­etable oil and us­ing un­salted but­ter and beef stock.

The stu­dents also de­cided they wanted to have a fac­tory in Putaruru there­fore keep­ing the busi­ness lo­cal. The cost for one of these pies was $4.50.

The stu­dents said they all worked well to­gether as a team be­cause they have the same goals, and that was to win.

They re­ceived gold medals and a cer­tifi­cate for their ef­forts.

Dou­glas said it is a dif­fer­ent way of teach­ing stu­dents not only class­room ed­u­ca­tion but life skills out­side the class­room.

‘‘There are 20 pro­grammes run through­out the coun­try from Kaitaia to Christchurch,’’ he said. He said stu­dents learnt how to make a suc­cess­ful busi­ness and gath­er­ing im­por­tant life skills

such as team­work.

The United Moody Ado­les­cence group took out the top prize, cre­at­ing a healthy pie.

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