Italy and Cyprus are strongly engaged in favor of the Mediterranean diet, which has proved to be a fundamental factor in lowering the risk of non-communicable diseases as part of a healthy lifestyle. Both countries promote the Mediterranean diet in various international fora and are active partners in the “Group of Friends of the Healthy and Sustainable Diets” at the United Nations.
The Embassy of Italy has therefore enthusiastically embraced the initiative promoted by the LIONS Nicosia ONASAGORAS Club, in cooperation with the Cypriot Ministry of Εducation and Culture, to develop a pilot project in order to promote the Mediterranean diet in Cyprus.
Special attention has been given to the educational aspect, involving in the project several schools at different levels. In the effort of raising awareness among children about the importance of the Mediterranean diet in preventing non-communicable diseases, like cancer and diabetes, presentations have already taken place at the Engomi Gymnasium in Nicosia and at the Elementary School “St. Nicholas”, in Kato Polemidia Limassol at the presence of the First Lady, Mrs. Andri Anastasiades.
The project also includes lectures by experts, guidance in preparing Mediterranean meals by experienced Chefs, photo exhibitions, music and sport activities. Future activities will consist in a workshop/symposium on the Mediterranean Nutrition on Monday May 27, 2019 at the Headquarters of Bank of Cyprus in Nicosia and a charity dinner, which will be organized on June 27, 2019 at the residence of H.E. the Ambassador of Italy.