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The worrying trend concerning the rise in cases of obesity - especially in children - has prompted La Molisana to promote a programme of nutritional education based on the Mediterranean Diet, named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.

One of the key elements of the Mediterranean nutritional tradition that really stands out is the abundant use of cereal products, including - possibly most importantly - pasta, which lies at the base of the Food Pyramid. Another important prerequisite for the foods championed by the Mediterranean Diet is that they be adaptable enough to create single-course meals.

A Single-Course Meal is taken to mean a dish that can provide all the necessary nutrients on a single plate. To implement and spread these important principles, La Molisana has created a nutritional education project. The first step of the project was to create a collection of Single-Course Meal Recipes.

The first book, dedicated to children between 6 and 13 years old, is the result of a collaboration with nutritionists from UNIMOL (University of Molise, Faculty of Medicine, Nutrition Department), whereas the second - written together with nutritional expert, Dr. Evelina Flachi - was created to meet the needs of athletes.

La Molisana recently signed a partnership with the European Institute of Oncology (IEO), who have spent years engaging in scientific research in the field of nutrition by studying the interactions between food and health. Thanks to an approach that combines the use of new sciences with a commitment to prevention through lifestyle changes, the IEO - with their SMART FOOD project - is involving researchers, nutritionists and doctors, all working in a single direction: choosing foods that are good for your health.

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