“There is no good health without a balanced diet”

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 – 1:11 p.m.

Costa: “There is no good health without a balanced diet”

Undersecretary at the Fiera di Rimini event on healthy eating

Rome, March 29 (askanews) – “We are what we eat. And that is why it is essential to follow a healthy diet, combined with correct lifestyles, to start living better. Proper nutrition and health are inseparable factors. There is no good health without a balanced diet. A varied and balanced diet is the basis of a healthy life. A poor diet, on the other hand, affects the psycho-physical well-being of individuals but represents above all one of the main risk factors for the appearance of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and tumors, problems of great importance in the context of health Public sector of our country with a significant impact on social and health expenditure in Italy and around the world”. Thus, the Undersecretary for Health Andrea Costa (We with Italy), speaking at a meeting at the Rimini Fair on prevention, healthy nutrition and correct lifestyles, on the occasion Italian Cooking Championships, promoted by the Italian Federation of Chefs.

“Just think – adds Costa – that 30% of cancers are caused by poor nutrition and that in our country overweight children (8-9 years) represent 20.4% while those who are obese represent 9, 4%. It therefore becomes a priority and fundamental to promote and support food education interventions, the first and most effective prevention tool for protecting health. An education that starts from schools and the main players in the sector, prepared and aware of the risks it faces. It is therefore essential to act, for example, to create a new awareness of the values ​​of the Mediterranean diet, recognized by Unesco as an intangible heritage of humanity, which begins with knowing how to recognize the quality and healthiness of a product from raw materials. A path that would prove to be decisive both from a health and economic point of view, in support of our entire agri-food sector.


“A correct eating style – explains Costa, responsible for hygiene and food safety for human nutrition – helps to build, strengthen, maintain the body and ensure the regular functioning of the organism. Good nutrition is therefore crucial for healthy physical development from birth and in the later stages of life. Then, combined with an active lifestyle, which also includes physical activity, it helps to combat the phenomenon of sedentary lifestyle, helping to maintain an adequate body weight. Eating healthily and with wholesome foods also strengthens the immune system, helping to protect the body even from illnesses that are not directly related to nutrition.”

“As a government – concludes the Undersecretary – we have a great responsibility and a great challenge ahead of us: to implement community policies which, through an integrated approach, are able to network the institutional, educational and productive, by creating and strengthening strategies and programs that promote healthy lifestyles, capable of creating the conditions to reduce the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases associated, among others, with frailty and disability”.


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