Interview: Zélia Santos-Movimiento 2020

What is the Movimiento 2020?

The Movimento 2020 is a project of the Portuguese Association of Dietitians, aiming to promote and implement good practice in regard to food health and healthy living habits. In the 21st century, literacy in health food is still scarce in the Portuguese society. There are many habits that we should review to reverse some worrying indicators of our lifestyle. Knowing the need to implement and promote good practices related to its power, contributing to our health and happiness, the Portuguese Association of. Dietitians launched 20 challenges to all the Portuguese people. With the Movement in 2020 they aim is to achieve a more enlightened society and predisposed to adopt behaviors that will make people feel better every day

Which are the 20 challenges of Movimiento 2020?

2020 Movement included 20 challenges for the Portuguese society, which were:

1. To increase hydration levels; the maintenance of our body hydration is essential to our health.

2. To increase consumption of fruits and vegetables; the adequate intake of fruits and vegetables is key to ensuring that our body through vitamins, minerals, fiber and water, essential to health.

3. To increase the consumption of legumes; the inclusion of legumes in the power of the Portuguese deserves a close look.

4.To increase fish consumption; regular consumption of fish should be part of the Portuguese diet.

5. To increase consumption of domestic products; the consumption of domestic power the national economy and the sustainability of the country, contributing to greater employability.

6. To reduce consumption of sugars; we need to shorten the consumption of foods with high sugar content.

7. To reduce salt consumption; we need to reduce salt intake in meals of the Portuguese. This time it is twice the recommended and circulatory diseases are the leading cause of death.

8. To reduce consumption of fats; reducing the consumption of high-fat foods is a priority.

9. To reduce food waste; the food waste presents numerous consequences that multiply affect our lives.

10. To increase the intake and the quality of breakfast.

11. improve the nutritional health of pregnant women; their dieat directly affects the health of future generations.

12. To reduce excess weight above 36 months of age, as a counteract to the hight ratio of overweight in children registered after 36 months of age.

13. To improve the quality of school meals; to ensure high quality and nutritional balance of intermediate meals of the school population is a priority.

14. To increase food skills of children and youth; this in an investment in their health and well-being.

15. To improve the nutritional status of the elderly

16. To increase access to dietetics and nutrition consultations in primary care.

17. To ensure the identification of nutritional risk in health institutions; to decrease the incidence of malnourished patients in institutions providing.

18. Increasing physical activity; respectively the well-being is reducing sedentary activities and downtime arising from day to day.

19. Replacing the Mediterranean diet on the table; it has a constant presence in the daily meals of the Portuguese.

20. Increase of the Portuguese happiness levels; our lifestyle and eating habits are strongly connected to our happiness levels.

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