Transforming PS4L Vision of Lifestyles Through Nutrition Education: The Success Story of Ola Hammad


Ola Hammad, a dedicated nutritionist in her final year at Birzeit University, has been making waves with her innovative approach to nutrition education, impacting the lives of countless  girls students at UNWRA Al-Amari Girls School in Ramallah.

Palestine for Life offered Ola an internship, providing the perfect opportunity to gain hands-on training and apply her university learning to empower girls within  PS4L program's  “ My Health , My Life Style”, which focuses on raising awareness of the students and their mothers on healthy lifestyles through sports, purposeful play and nutrition education  in Amari refugee camp . Her approach was simple yet effective: to educate and empower. Recognizing the importance of engaging students in meaningful ways, she tailored her approach to meet girls' unique needs. Through engaging presentations, interactive activities, and personalized guidance, she sought to instill a deep understanding of nutrition fundamentals and encourage positive behavior change.

One of her key strategies was to meet her students where they were. Understanding that traditional classroom lectures might not resonate with everyone, she incorporated fun and interactive elements into her sessions. From lively discussions to creative games, she ensured that nutrition learning was both informative and enjoyable. This approach not only made the learning process enjoyable but also fostered a supportive environment where girls felt empowered to take charge of their health and well-being.

Dealing with teenagers is generally challenging, so imagine trying to change their habits! Using play as a methodology is a great approach, and I encourage it because it helps them take a break from the intense, information-heavy atmosphere of regular classes. The mothers were one of the outlets where they could release their energy. They loved coming to the sessions and really enjoyed the program.” Ola Said 

The results of Ola's efforts within PS4L “ My Lifestyle My Health” program speak for themselves. Students have reported significant improvements in their dietary habits, increased awareness of nutrition-related issues, and tangible changes in their health outcomes. Many have successfully adopted healthier eating habits, shed excess weight, and gained a newfound sense of confidence and control over their well-being.

But perhaps the most inspiring aspect of Ola's work is the effect it has had on her students.They became aware and shared their newfound knowledge and experiences with friends & family. So, the impact of the program and Ola's teachings continues to spread, touching lives far beyond those directly involved in the program.

The internship with Palestine for Life proved to be a transformative experience for Ola. Immersed in a new environment and working alongside passionate professionals, she gained valuable insights and honed her skills as a nutritionist. The experience not only broadened her perspective but also reaffirmed her belief in the power of education and community engagement to drive positive change.

Today, Ola Hammad is a shining example of the transformative power of education, hands-on training, and dedication. Through her tireless efforts, she has improved the health and well-being of students in her community and sparked a movement towards healthier living that shows no signs of slowing down. As she continues her mission to educate and empower, Ola serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all those striving to create positive change in their communities through the power of nutrition education.