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Highly positive Project evaluations roll in!

Comments from the final evaluations of the Healthy Lifestyles Project have been received by partners from their National Agencies following the official end of the Project:

UK

Overall we found your project to be very worthwhile and interesting. In particular it was good to see that the project aims and objectives have been fully achieved and partners also delivered some additional results.

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Red for Danger?

 

 

The UK Government has rightly stressed, in the last months, the importance of improving the health of British citizens. But the solutions and suggestions are actually working at the expense of Italian culinary excellence. England has decided to decrease the intake of certain nutrients: fat, salt and sugar. This project may seem good, but instead of proposing a necessary and irreplaceable method of food education, it decided to put a traffic light on the labels!

Example of a UK label for a burger.

The Minister of English Health, Anna Soubry, invited the English supermarkets to use, from this year, the traffic light colors for nutritional directions. Red means danger, yellow means dangerous on average, green means good. On the labels, though, there aren’t the recommended daily amounts. In addition to this, the recommended servings should indicate the value of the calories and nutrients referred to the daily requirement. In other words, these directions are too general to be properly understood and applied by normal people, i.e. without specialized nutrition knowledge.

Aggravating this situation, the British national health system decided, for a homogeneous representation of the nutritional qualities, to create a unique official direction system. The reason why this system can harm the Italian excellences is that extra virgin olive oil, for example, would receive a big red danger dot, corresponding to an unlikely portion of up to 100 grams instead of the usual 15-30. The same thing would happen to cheese, meat, sweet, etc. And our excellent Italian products and those of the Southern Europe would receive a red light. This system, that is penalizing just for one category of products, had already been rejected not only from Italy but also from the entire European Union, which had suggested to enact a campaign of nutritional education for citizens, especially for children.

The EU has also proposed other regulations, such as exposing on food labels the nutritional information, including their origin. We hope that this educational need for a the proper food consumption will be an emphasized suggestion, when in Brussels all the leaders of the Scientific Committee of the Food Chain of the 28 countries will join, as Italy previously suggested. Foods such as mortadella , olive oil , sauces , Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma or San Daniele ham, gorgonzola cheese, mozzarella, Taleggio cheese, sweets, could be removed from the English tables. The British could do what the European Union recommends and what Italy has been doing and implementing for many years: nutritional education programs for schools and the medical profession. This would make everything easier and enjoyable. It would include the portions to be introduced, their calories, nutrients, especially their antioxidants.

The British are making a mistake not understanding  that these characteristics of Italian food have made our people the most long-living in the world.

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Official end of the project

The Healthy Lifestyles Project officially finished at the end of July 2013 but the good work continues! The partners in the five countries are continuing to promote and disseminate the results of the project – as well as using the many outcomes of the project such as the recipe books in their ongoing work. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part in the project, both as partners and also, perhaps more importantly, as the learners for whom this project was developed. We hope that the legacy of the project will be that more people across Europe will realise the importance of taking steps to improve their health and well-being – resulting in a happier, healthier population who are able to live life to the full as a result of their ‘Healthy Lifestyles’.

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Elevator to fitness?

I think they’ve missed the point!

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Our Healthy Lifestyles Recipe Book

STOP PRESS! BREAKING NEWS!

The project has now produced a 96 page pdf containing all the recipes developed by the partners.

Download it by clicking here

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Udine Conference & Activities

The final partner meeting of the Project was held in Udine, Italy – July 1st & 2nd 2013. Monday was a day packed with interest and activity. The group travelled the short distance to Campoformido where we were involved in a a range of healthy and traditional food-related activities. A highlight was the demonstration by local artisan cheesemakers of their traditional cheesemaking techniques using the most natural and local fresh produce -unpasteurised milk straight from the cow!

The cheese became part of our lunch menu!

We were also very impressed with the demonstration of tasty, healthy  snack making by Suzanna. There were several versions of the recipe created and the nutritional value was analysed using Food in Focus software provided by Crystal.

The culmination of the partner meeting was the Healthy Lifestyles Conference which included a wide range of speakers which continued into the evening. The speakers and their topics are listed below.

Luigi Attenasio

Il cibo come cultura;  Food as culture

Stefania Marzona

Celiachia: che cosè e come si convive; Celiac disease: what is it and how you live

Marisa Manzano

Come vanno conservati gli alimenti per prevenire contaminazioni e malattie; How are stored foods to prevent contamination and disease

Carmen Crosera

Come valutare il proprio stato di salute; How to value your health status

Giuliana Rossi

Il nordic walking: una tecnica che promuove la prevenzione e il benessere; Nordic Walking: a technique that promotes prevention and wellness

Mattia Serratore

La piramide del movimento ed i vantaggi di una vita attiva; The pyramid of the movement and the benefits of an active lifestyle

Richard Jack

Food in Focus2 – Educare i giovani a fare scelte alimentari sane; Educating young people to make healthy eating choices

 

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Healthy Eating Survey

The results of the Healthy Eating Survey are now available in the Advice & Research section of the website.

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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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UK Government & Healthy Lifestyles

 

People’s lifestyles have a major impact on their health and wellbeing.

Eating and drinking more healthily, becoming more physically active, and receiving appropriate health support at work, have the potential to transform lives. Physical inactivity, alcohol misuse, and obesity cost the UK NHS billions of pounds every year and there’s no doubt that they contribute to organisations’ sickness absence figures too.

The UK Government’s overall strategy for public health is set out in the White Paper called ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’. The White Paper makes clear that everyone has a part to play in improving public health, including Government, business, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and individuals themselves.

The UK Government’s approach to improving people’s health is based on:

  • positively promoting ‘healthier’ behaviours and lifestyles;
  • adapting the environment to make healthy choices easier;
  • strengthening self-esteem, confidence, and personal responsibility

The Healthy Lifestyles Project has these three bullet points clearly in mind.

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Measures for Healthy Lifestyles in Slovenia

Health enables and ensures a quality life and it is a basic source of development of each society.

Health is primarily a responsibility of each individual, while the Slovene government is responsible for cooperating with various professions and sciences to create conditions where people can lead healthy lifestyles. The Slovene government provides for health safety with forming, confirming and executing policies, strategies and programs of health promotion.

This program also includes the strategy of health safety and health improvement with movement. The strategy of Slovene´s government in the area of physical activities for health is expressed in planning and executing measures and activities of the state and cooperating with various organizations of civil society which encourage and strengthen qualitative and healthy diet and regular physical activity of the citizens of Slovenia.

The main goal of the Strategy of Slovene government in the area of physical activities is encouraging all kinds of regular activities and exercising for health. Healthy diet and recommended forms and range of physical activities for maintaining health create synergic health effects and are an important factor in preventing diseases, early death and invalidity and increase the life quality of Slovene citizens.

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