Healthy Traditions is based on EPODE philosophy. It adapts the EPODE methodology in Romania to help prevent childhood obesity. The main target group is children from 3 to 12 years old and their family. The involvement of all family members, local authorities, and the entire community could be the key to success in the formation of healthy behaviours in children.
The Traditions program will continue previous preventive activities started in 2009 in the North-eastern Romania. It proposes educational activities in schools and local actions that promote healthy life traditions and “healthy traditional foods. The educational messages are based on the original idea of the “bag filled with health” signifying a traditional bag in which children will put everything is healthy for them – traditional healthy foods, water and sport items. In 2012, the program will involve Iasi city and other two cities. In the next two years , new cities from Northeast Region of Romania will join the program.
The philosophy of the program Traditions is based on EPODE philosophy : no stigmatization of any product or behavior; taking into account modern nutrition habits; a positive, stepwise and concrete approach and the promotion of sustainable health.
Veronica Mocanu is associate professor at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy „Grigore T. Popa” Iasi and senior endocrinologist. She is the initiator of Traditions program in the Northeast Region of Romania since 2012. She is the author of numerous articles in the field of eating behavior and nutrition and she participated in the writing of scientific books in these areas.
Veronica MOCANU, Project coordinator