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Mediterranean diet promoted to reduce levels of child obesity

A Greek sporting event that took place in September was aimed at raising awareness of the rising levels of child obesity in the country, as well as how the Mediterranean diet could be beneficial.

The Navarino Challenge was held in the Costa Navarino resort in Greece over a period of three days, from the 19th to 21st September.

Dean Karnazes, a leading marathon runner, is the ambassador of the event. He was specifically selected as he has demonstrated commitment to the cause with his foundation, Karno Kids, which is dedicated to helping young people to improve their health and wellbeing. He advised competitors to “run with your heart and you will never get tired”.

On the Saturday (20th), the Navarino Challenge took place in Kalamata over a 15km route, while on the Sunday a route of 1km was provided for children, as well as a 5km route and a half marathon. A workshop was later held to provide information about child obesity and how to prevent the problem, especially in younger children.

The workshop included details of the Mediterranean diet, which is believed to be beneficial to people’s health. Alexandros Nikolaidis, the Greek Olympic medal winner, gave taekwondo lessons, while Pilates was also offered.

A Mediterranean diet includes plenty of fresh vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, fruit, and fish. A number of schools in the UK are also trying to encourage students to make nutritious choices on a daily basis, by improving school meals and introducing a wide range of healthy tuckshop foods across Merseyside and other regions.

Posted by Susan
October 5, 2014

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