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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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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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Movember is back!!

It’s that time of the year again- Movember is back.

What’s Movember? It’s an annual campaign that takes place in November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.

It’s held by the Movember Foundation, a global organization that focuses on men’s health with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of men dying prematurely.

The campaign aims at generating a conversation about men’s health and raising funds for the Foundation’s projects that address three of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The Movember Foundation is committed to helping men living healthier, longer. To do so they need our help.

Here’s how to get involved.

Grow. Men can grow a moustaches through the month to raise funds and inspire conversations about men’s health.

Move. Men and women are invited to being physically active. Walk, run, cycle, swim. Set a goal and challenge yourself, friends, family. Do something good for you and men’s health while having fun and raising funds.

Host an event. Campus, workplace, sport club, community center, home. Gather your friends, colleagues, family, neighbors. Throw a party, have dinner together, organize a sport tournament, anything that can help to generate a conversation and donations for men’s health while having a good time.

One more thing I suggest to do is talking to your husband, boyfriend, brother, father, friend about the importance of screening and regular health checkups and inviting them to see a doctor. For several reasons, men tend to neglect aches and pains, minimize symptoms and are reluctant to talk to doctors. However, prevention is the key to a healthier life.

So, have a conversation with men about the importance of discussing health issues and getting screened, and encourage them to visit a physician. Avoid nagging; just be loving and supportive.

Click here to learn more about the Foundation, the Movember campaign, the work they fund and other ways to get involved.

Let’s help them stop men dying too young!!


Happy, Healthy Halloween !!

Halloween is fast approaching, and so a large amount of sugar that kids will be eating between parties and trick-or-treating!!

Recent reports show that American children can eat up to 3 cups (almost 400 grams) of sugar on Halloween!!

That is almost 16 times the maximum daily recommendation of 6 teaspoons (25 grams) suggested by the American Heart Association for kids.

Yes, that’s way too much and it’s a big threat to kids’ health considering that high intake of sugar is linked to cavities, tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer.

Unfortunately, sugar consumption is high not only on October 31. Data show that an average American child eats 95 grams of sugar a day, almost 4 times the daily recommendation.

Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to prohibit children from enjoying sweet treats on Halloween; it’s more logical to reduce the amount they eat.

If you’re concerned about your children eating too many sweet treats on Halloween, here’s some simple strategies you can adopt to reduce the amount of sugar they consume.

  • Make children eat some healthy, protein-rich snacks or a hearty dinner before going trick-or-treating. It will fill them up and will prevent them from eating all the treats at once
  • Set an amount of candy that your child can have on that night, and save the rest for next days/weeks/months
  • Cut the sugar from the other meals of the day. For example, for breakfast, instead of sugary-cereal, choose plain yogurt or granola bar without added sugar
  • If you throw a party, offer some healthy alternatives to the usual candy bar and cookies plates. Check below.

I collected some colorful, funny ideas for a happy and healthy Halloween from the internet. Prepare these treats with your kids and have fun together!!!

Banana ghosts and orange pumpkins

banana mandariniVery easy to prepare. Peel the bananas, cut them and use some chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. For the orange pumpkins, peel the tangerines or clementines, place a celery stick in the center for the stem.

Pumpkin Veggie Platters

carrotsolivescucumbersSuper easy, healthy and funny/scary veggie tray. Shape a spooky pumpkin face using baby carrots and black olive. The stem can be made from broccoli or a celery stick. Add some sliced cucumbers on the bottom.

Use baby carrots for the face, sliced cucumbers or zucchine for the pumpkin’s smile. Fill small bowls with veggie dip (humus, Greek yogurt) and use them for the pumpkin’s eyes and nose.

Spooky Spider Eggs

halloweeneggsThese eggs are yummy and will fill kids up. You need hard boiled eggs and black olives. Slice eggs in half lengthwise and place yolks in a bowl. Mash the yolk, add some olive oil, few drops of lemon, and stir until well mixed. Then spoon the yolk mixture back into each white egg half. For the spider, place half black olive in the center of the yolk to make the body, and slice the other half to make the legs.

Monster Fruit Cups

monster fruit cupYou don’t need to be a professional painter to make this, just a marker, plastic cups and fruit!! Kids will have lot of fun creating monster faces!!

Almost done. You now need the centerpiece 😉

Pumpkin Centerpiece Fruit Skewers


Don’t even need to carve the pumpkin. Just use a marker to put a smile on it 😉 And lots of fruit skewers of course!!

Have a Happy & Healthy Halloween!!!


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