The EAT project
The EAT – Teenage Healthy Eating project is in its fourth consecutive year.
The Project is promoted by the San Donato Foundation Hospital Group and I.R.C.C.S. Policlinico San Donato, in collaboration with ENI, SANOFI, Sigi, Evs, Cda, Oregon Scientific and R.M. Service, monitored by the Ministry of Education, University and Research Schools for EXPO 2015 Technical and Scientific Committee, and by the ASL Milano 2 health authority, and is aimed at all junior high school students in the San Donato Milanese and Milan hinterland areas.
The project is expected to run until 2015, the year of EXPO.
Obesity and being overweight have become increasingly important problems, affecting about 43% of the adult population in Italy these days (in 2010, 9.8% of adults were obese and a further 34% were overweight, according to the World Health Organization). There are numerous, important health issues associated with excess weight, including potentially increased risk of global heart and metabolic problems inevitably resulting in the need for medical assistance.
A correct therapeutic programme must include educating and informing people to prevent unhealthy lifestyles like poor diet and low levels of physical activity, from an early age.
The EAT project was set up to deal with these issues. These problems translate into a prospective case-control study which foresees a multidisciplinary approach including a series of tools such as:
- Collecting vital statistics (weight, height, waist circumference)
- Eating habits analysis (questionnaire)
- Learning sessions with nutritionists
- School tests on food education
- Pedometer (Oregon Scientific)
- Educational posters (food pyramid and healthy eating plate)
- Positive reinforcement SMS service
- Social network sharing (Facebook)
- Healthy food range available in "Feed your health, with good sense" vending machines, located inside schools
Visit www.progetto-eat.it for further information