EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2015. Every year, EAEA hands out the EAEA Grundtvig Award to successful projects in adult education. In 2015, three projects were awarded with a prize: an international, a European and a national initiative. The theme of this year’s award was Adult Education and Health.
The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2015.
Healthy Lifestyles is a project designed to discuss the topic of health through proper nutrition and exercise, which are the primary prevention against the 'modern diseases' affecting all industrialised countries: cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, which are called the pandemic of the third millennium by the WHO. Today more than ever, every citizen has the right and duty to be able to access knowledge, in a simple and understandable way.
What is missing nowadays is the culture of prevention and the integration of such a knowledge into individuals’ lifestyles. Teaching to eat properly and adequately doesn’t mean giving up with the pleasures of good food, it only means that it’s necessary to understand how to respect the true relationship between the nutrients, not only from a quantitative but also from a qualitative point of view, and that eating properly will not take taste and pleasure away.
Given the aging population who still wants to remain active, we are witnessing a considerable increase in the number of people living with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, whose main causes are bad nutrition and lack of physical activity. Many non-profit organizations promote initiatives that highlight the need for responsible knowledge. It is only through knowledge, indeed, that the new European citizens can reach a sufficient awareness to improve not only the well-being of each individual but also the one of the society they live in.
It is on this basis that Healthy Lifestyles created monitored, shared information and experiences with the different partners, using the guidelines for primary prevention in order to provide all necessary facts and data about food-related diseases. During the project, the partners experienced several group work moments, when users from the different associations shared and appreciated what had been produced on the theme of well-being, correct nutrition and healthy exercise.
Università Senza Età – Città del Trattato (Italy), Barbara Gangi