Category Archives: Health

“Bontà di stagione”/”What’s in Season?”


“Bontà di Stagione”/“What’s in Season?” is a lesson included in my Nutrition Education Program for the classroom Eat Healthy, Grow Strong!”.

It’s important for children to learn that fruits and veggies grow naturally and ripen during certain seasons of the year, while in others they’re imported from other countries or grown using greenhouses.

Educating children about seasonality will help them understand origin of food, modern farming, local and sustainable food systems, and that seasonal fruits and vegetables have different taste, nutritional value and costs.

This topic links well with science and geography (weather, seasons, time, soil, etc.), grammar (new terms to describe seasons and foods), reading (write and read stories about food production), art (draw a calendar of food in season), Italian/English languages (enrich fruit and vegetable vocabulary in both languages).

Student learning can be supported by practical activities such as visiting a local farm and a supermarket to read the label and learn where the food comes from, and cook a recipe using seasonal food.

The key messages about food seasonality can be reinforced at the beginning of each season during the school year.

If you would like to receive some material and further details on how to include this topic in your school curriculum, feel free to contact me

So what’s in season for Fall?

Cosa c’ è di buono in Autunno?


“Bontà di Stagione”/“What’s in Season?” è un’ unità del mio Programma di Educazione Alimentare Eat Healthy, Grow Strong! (“Mangiare Sano, Crescere Forti”).

E’ importante che i bambini imparino che frutta e verdure crescono naturalmente in alcuni periodi dell’ anno, mentre in altri sono importati da altri Paesi o coltivati in serra.

Questo modulo sulla Stagionalità permetterà ai bambini di comprendere l’ origine del cibo, i sistemi di agricoltura tradizionali, locali e sostenibili, e che frutta e verdura di stagione hanno sapore, valore nutrizionale e costo diversi.

Il tema della stagionalità può essere affrontato in varie materie come scienza e geografia (clima, suolo, tempo), grammatica (nuovi termini, aggettivi), lettura (scrittura e lettura di storie legate a cibo, orto, stagioni), lingua Inglese (arricchire il vocabolario con nuove parole).

Le lezioni teoriche possono essere accompagnate con attività pratiche come visitare una locale azienda agricola, e poi un supermercato dove leggere le etichette e scoprire la provenienza di frutta e verdura, e cucinare una ricetta usando ingredienti freschi di stagione.

L’ argomento puo’ essere discusso e approfondito all’ inizio di ogni stagione durante l’ anno scolastico in modo da rinforzare e ampliare le conoscenze acquisite.

Se volete ricevere del materiale e informazioni su come includere questo argomento nel vostro curriculum scolastico, contattatemi



World Heart Day 2018

It’s #WorldHeartDay , an opportunity to reflect about our health and to make a promise to live a more heart-healthy life.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are disorders of heart and blood vessels. They include: coronary heart diseases, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease, heart disease and other conditions.

CVDs are the number 1 cause of death globally.

CVDs kill 17.9 million people every year, 31% of global deaths.

85% of all CVD deaths are due to heart attack and strokes.

Many CVD deaths can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Controlling key risk factors such as diet, physical activity, tobacco use and blood pressure may reduce an individual’s risk of CVD.

This #WorldHeartDay , take a pledge for a healthy heart and a healthy life.




NCDs and Physical Activity

It’s United Nations Generally Assembly (UNGA) week. So many events are taking place in NYC to discuss what governments, civil society, organizations can do to efficiently beat Noncommunicable Diseases.

Here some info about one leading factor for NCDs and deaths worldwide, physical inactivity.

Let’s Be Active. Let’s Beat NCDs.




Let’s beat NCDs

On 27 September 2018, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a High-level meeting to review national and global progress achieved on the control and prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

It’s important to raise awareness of the impact of NCDs since they are a major cause of mortality worldwide. We need to urge governments to increase their commitment to improve the lives of people affected by noncommunicable diseases and to make prevention and control of NCDs a priority.

During the next two weeks I will be posting some news and facts about NCDs, what they are, how they can be prevented and addressed.

Together let’s beat NCDs!


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Fruits and Veggies crossword puzzles


I hope you and your kids are enjoying the Summer break!!

If you’re looking for some activities to entertain kids and keep their brain active, please download the free crossword and word search puzzles below.

They are simple and fun to solve and will encourage children to expand their fruit and vegetable vocabulary, improve spelling and concentration, enhance visual acuity, and, most importantly, they’re fun and entertaining!

You can also download some coloring pages that kids can use to learn colors in English and Italian.

Enjoy last few days of Summer break and don’t forget to check my eBooks on Amazon↓

“L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/Fruit Alphabet”

“L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet”


Salve a tutti. Spero stiate trascorrendo delle belle vacanze estive con i vostri bimbi.

Potete scaricare gratis delle divertenti attivita’ per tenere allenata la mente dei vostri bambini. In particolare, troverete cruciverba in inglese e italiano-inglese, ma anche pagine da colorare per i piu’ piccoli. Buon divertimento.

Buon divertimento e godetevi le ultime settimane di vacanza!!

Vi ricordo che potete trovare i miei ebook qui ↓

“L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/Fruit Alphabet”

“L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet”


Fun activities for kids!!

 Color and Learn 

the Alphabet from Arancia to Zucca.

Hello everyone. Hope you’re having a great Summer!

If you are looking for fun learning activities to keep your kids busy, here you can find some free printable tracing worksheets. They will help children to:

  • Learn the alphabet
  • Practice writing words, in both lower and upper case.
  • Learn the names of fruits and vegetables in Italian and English
  • Have fun coloring the images of fruits and veggies.

Download the pdf here: ColoraeImparaL’Alfabeto-ColorandLearnTheAlphabet

If you want your kids learn more about fruits and vegetables, please check  “L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/Fruit Alphabet” and “L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet” on Amazon ↓

Grazie. Ciao!!!

Colora e Impara l’ Alfabeto

dall’ Arancia alla Zucca.

Salve a tutti. Spero stiate trascorrendo una bellissima Estate!

Ho preparato delle attivita’ divertenti ed educative come “Impara e Colora l’ Alfabeto” con cui i bambini potranno:

  • Imparare l’ alfabeto
  • Esercitarsi a scrivere in stampato maiuscolo e minuscolo
  • Imparare i nomi di frutta e verdura
  • Divertirsi colorando le immagini dei frutti e delle verdure

Scaricate gratis il file qui: ColoraeImparaL’Alfabeto-ColorandLearnTheAlphabet

Per scoprire tante curiosita’ sul mondo della frutta e della verdura, su Amazon sono disponibili “L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/Fruit Alphabet” e “L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet”

Grazie. Ciao!!!







Bilingual version of my eBooks

L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/Fruit Alphabet and L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet are now available on Amazon.

Fruit Alphabet cover

Vegetable Alphabet Cover.jpg

These bilingual books  will help children enrich their vocabulary in Italian and English and get familiar with fruits and vegetables.

Studies show that food preferences and eating patterns are established early in life and tend to be carried into adulthood. Therefore, it’s very important to teach children about nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Learning fruit and vegetable vocabulary and fun facts about different fruits and vegetables will encourage children to try them because the more they learn about the foods on their plates, the more likely they are to eat them.

Colourful illustrations and short and simple sentences will help children learn the alphabet, the names of fruits and vegetables, adjectives to describe them, colours and seasons names and discover interesting facts about fruit and vegetable.

Perfect for children studying Italian or English as their second language.

The eBooks are registered in KDP Select so if you have the Kindle Unlimited subscription you can enjoy them for free!

Thank you and Happy reading! Grazie!

You can find them here↓


L’ Alfabeto della Frutta/ Fruit Alphabet e L’ Alfabeto della Verdura/Vegetable Alphabet sono disponibili nella versione bilingue.

Questi due eBook aiuteranno i bambini ad arricchire il loro vocabolario della lingua italiana e inglese e ad avvicinarli al mondo della frutta e della verdura.

Insegnare ai bambini sin da piccoli l’ importanza di una corretta alimentazione li aiuta ad acquisire sane abitudini alimentari che consolideranno e porteranno avanti durante la crescita.

Con questi libri, i bambini impareranno nomi e curiosità su frutta e verdurra e questo li incoraggerà ad apprezzare questi cibi nutrienti e importanti per la loro crescita perchè, più i bambini conoscono il cibo che portiamo in tavola, più saranno interessati a mangiarlo.

Colorate illustrazioni e brevi e semplice frasi aiuteranno i bambini ad imparare l’ alfabeto, i nomi dei frutti e delle verdure, gli aggettivi per descriverli, i colori e le stagioni.

Ideale per bambini che studiano italiano o inglese come seconda lingua.

I due eBook sono registrati in KDP Select quindi se siete abbonati a Kindle Unlimited li potrete leggere gratis!

Grazie e buona lettura!

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