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.




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!!!







Global Running Day 2018


Running: I love you.

Running: Thank you.


It’s Global Running Day, a celebration of running that encourages people to get moving.

No matter how fast, how far, where, get moving!!!

It’s very important to be physically active to live a healthy, happy, long life.

Running has so many benefits. It can improve physical and mental health.

Running can help you maintain a healthy weight (combined with a healthy diet).

It can improve heart health, build strong bones, strengthen muscles. It can help keep joints healthy, it can improve brain function.

When we exercise, our body releases endorphins, lovely chemicals that trigger positive feelings. That’s also why running can diminish perception of pain, reduce stress and anxiety, boost self-esteem, make you feel more energized and happier, improve sleep.

Should I add more?? 😊

I run for all the reasons mentioned above and many more.

When people ask me why I run, even when it’s freezing or very hot, or when I don’t really feel like it, I show them pics of my face after a run or a race. That big smile says it all!!


I love running, and I’m grateful my body can do it!!!

Hope you’ll give it a try. Happy Global Running Day !!

And don’t forget, Run is Fun!!


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!!


#WorldCancerDay 2016

Today it’s #WorldCancerDay

WCDAn important day to share some more information about cancer, from prevention to treatment.

Unfortunately, many of us, directly or indirectly, are affected by this disease.

According to the World Cancer Report 2014, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.2 million deaths in 2012 and 14 million new cases.

The most aggressive cancers causing deaths are: lung, liver, stomach, colorectal, breast and oesophageal cancer.

In women, the most common cancers in 2012 were breast, colorectal, lung, cervix, and stomach cancer. Lung, prostate, colorectum, stomach, and liver cancer were the most common cancers diagnosed in men.

There are different causes of cancer. Generally, cancer can be triggered by external factors such as chemical, physical or biological carcinogens.

What about cancer risk factors? The main risk factors include smoking, alcohol use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.

As my main research interest and professional activity are related to obesity, I would like to talk about the link between overweight and obesity and cancer.

The reasons why obese people tend to be at higher risk of developing cancer are still under investigation. Some mechanisms include the presence of high levels of hormones such as leptin and insulin that might promote the growth of cancer cells. In addition, obesity is associated with increased insulin resistance which leads to a greater production of insulin that increases the risk of cancer. Obesity is also associated with a chronic inflammation state that can promote cancer.

In particular, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), being overweight or obese increases the risk of 10 cancers: liver, advanced prostate, ovarian, gallbladder, kidney, colorectal, oesophageal, postmenopausal breast, pancreatic and endometrial.

The good news is that more than a third of the most common cancers can be prevented!! Let’s see how.

  • Do not smoke
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Be physically active (a 30-minute brisk walk per day would be a good start)
  • Limit consumption of energy-dense food and sugary drinks
  • Prefer foods of plant origins (at least 5 portions of a variety of fruits and veggies every day, legumes, whole grain cereals)
  • Limit intake of red meat (less than 500g/18 oz), and avoid consumption of processed meat
  • Limit consumption of alcohol (no more than 2 drinks a day for men and one a day for women.
  • Limit intake of salty foods (salt consumption should be less than 5g –or 2g of sodium- a day). Do not eat mouldy grains or legumes
  • If possible, breastfeed exclusively up to six months, and then up to 2 years along complementary feeding
  • Dietary Supplements are not recommended for cancer prevention


What is also important to know is that, fortunately, there are numerous types of treatments available for the different types of cancer. And we need to underline that early diagnosis is fundamental to establish the proper treatment and reduce cancer mortality!!

World Cancer Day, an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), is a great opportunity to spread the word about this disease. We can. I can.

So, if you would like to know more about cancer, WCD and the numerous initiatives taking place worldwide, please check the links below.