Health and nutrition

National Strategy on Enhancing Physical Activity

Slovenia has a collaborative agreement with the World Health Organisation for food and nutrition health plans to improve and promote a healthy diet and well-being. It endorses the Draft Global Strategy on Diet and Physical Activity. Slovenia has implemented a Food and Nutrition Action Plan as well as a National Strategy on Health Enhancing Physical Activity. It is a strategic framework for the prevention of non-communicable diseases in Slovenia. WHO provides health professionals and policy-makers with information and tools on a wide range of nutrition issues. The Nutrition and Food Security program focuses on the development of national food and nutrition action plans, which include food-based dietary guidelines and infant/young child feeding strategies and are an integral part of national health policies. NFS supports the development of nutrition information systems that highlight the relationship between food, nutrition and health, such as micronutrient deficiencies (iodine and iron deficiencies) and non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes).    
Services delivered by the National Institute of Public Health, established by the government in 1992, and by nine regional Institutes of Public Health represent the mainstay of preventive health care in Slovenia. The Institute's major fields of activity include: social medicine, hygiene, environmental health, epidemiology of infectious diseases, public health laboratory services , health information systems, mental health and health promotion.Slovenia has several bilateral agreements on co-operation in the field of health and medicine, on issues as the regulation of the health care and health insurance, the organization of health care activities, education and training of health professionals, health prevention and promotion.
Member States in the WHO European Region met in Athens, February 2003, to discuss progress towards developing national food and nutrition action plans. The States supported the need for a second food and nutrition action plan 2006-2010. The Greek Ministry of Health will organize a meeting on ’Nutrition in the European Union’.

Learning activities

1. Assemble a list of recipes
Linguistic element: nouns - number
Assemble a list of recipes for children for the week

2. Write a menu
Linguistic element: numerals
Write a menu for a group of children for an all day's excursion - include snacks and lunch, select from the list for each season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn

3. Design a food chart
pyramid chart
Linguistic element: nouns
Design a food and exercise chart of a ’pyramid for life-style’

4. Give a radio talk
Linguistic element: complex sentences
Give a radio talk on hints given in the article for daily healthy eating,
’Kako jemo, da ohranjamo zdravje?’

5. Write a dialogue
Linguistic element: direct speech
Write a dialogue about alternative types of diets based on; raw food, vegetarian food, macrobiotic food

6. Write an interview script
Linguistic element: conjunctions
‘Tudi hitra hrana je lahko zdrava’

Comprehension - reading and responding

Read the text ‘Jejmo zdravo ‘ from the web site, Viva - revija za zdravo življenje,
Section: clanki/articles http://

Answer the following questions in English. 
1. Which foods are suggested for healthy eating?
2. Which meats have high cholesterol?
3. For frying meat what sort of pans are suggested?
4. Which dairy products are recommended?
5. Which oils and fats are preferable?
6. How could sweets and snacks be prepared?
7. What information is to be sought on food labels?



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Bohinc, Pavle, Slovenske Zdravilne Rastline, Mladinska knjiga, Ljubljana, 1991
Kneip, S, Kneippov Priročnik, Kres, Ljubljana, 1997
Montenero, Ali znamo jesti? Globus, Zagreb, 1974
Walker, N, Sveži zelenjavni in sadnji sokovi, Aura, Ljubljana, 1996

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