Lifestyle, Nutrition, and Health during lifespan – Prof. Hellas Cena

This program is aimed at students wishing to acquire knowledge in nutrition, lifestyle and wellbeing with a key emphasis on sustainable diet, tackling the SDG3.

Title: Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health during lifespan

Provider: University of Pavia, Prof. Hellas Cena, Prof. Rachele De Giuseppe

Date: Second Semester Academic Year 2023-2024


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Description of the course:

Investments to improve nutrition and health, focusing on increasing nutritional knowledge and raising awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, are crucial. Today, lifestyle habits, including the interactions between nutrition and health, as parts of the ageing process, are extensively studied from a scientific and clinical perspective; eating habits and eating behaviours are recognized as important modifiable factors that can help achieve and maintain health throughout life. Epidemiological evidence suggests that optimal nutrition plays a beneficial role in healthy ageing and age-related disorders, also called non-communicable diseases, including cardiometabolic, neurodegenerative and cancer diseases.

Although “lifestyle” can be defined as a “way of life”, this is an umbrella term that encompasses many different concepts, such as how an individual life works, eats, moves, has fun, sleeps and relaxes, shaped not only by personal habits but also by broader cultural, social, political and economic factors. Furthermore, the media continues to convey minor and uncertain issues in lifestyle science, creating confusion and diverting public attention from key challenges, major health problems and the increased burden of disease.

Unfortunately, even college health sciences curricula are lagging behind in teaching students about nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. For example, human nutrition training should be part of several science/health degree programs, with specific training programs based on different professional needs. In addition, students should be educated on food systems and the sustainability of different food patterns, emphasizing the quality and sustainability of food, which are essential for both the health of the planet and human health.

Therefore, because of all the aforementioned reasons, this program is aimed at students wishing to acquire knowledge in nutrition, lifestyle and well-being with a key emphasis on sustainable diet. For this purpose, the program has been divided into 8 modules as follow:

1. Lifestyle, nutrition, and health to prevent Non-Communicable Diseases Prof Ivana Kolcic 5 Apr 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
2. Nutrition and Health – the triple burden of malnutrition Dr Rachele De Giuseppe 12 Apr 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
3. Sustainable healthy dietary patterns Dr Leila Itani 19 Apr 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
4. The first 1000 days: a window of opportunity Dr Francesca Sottotetti 3 May 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
5. Policy, behaviour and education to tackle childhood obesity Dr Maria Vittoria Conti & Dr Sara Basilico 10 May 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
6. Obesity and Excessive weight gain: Symptoms, Signs, Causes & Treatment Dr Matteo Manuelli 17 May 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
7 Nutrition to prevent cancer Dr Salvatore Artale 24 May 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
8.  Malnutrition in older adults: healthy and sustainable ageing Dr Ilaria Di Napoli & Dr Sara Santero 31 May 2024 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learning outcomes:

  1. Basic knowledge of the link between lifestyle and nutrition with health and well-being;
  2. Inter generational link of eating habits and behaviors and health and disease;
  3. Sustainable healthy dietary patterns for prevention of Non Communicable Diseases

How: in streaming on line: ZOOM LINK (ID: 844 3437 5960, Passcode: 331534)

Credits: 1 (8 hours)

Time-period: Second semester Academic Year 2022-2023

Any prerequisite: This program is designed for students with basics of Physiology and biochemistry (high school level is fine as far as these subjects were taught).

Learning resources: slides, scientific literature and topic specific videos

Type of assessment: Multiple-choice questionnaire

Quality assurance: University of Pavia