THE MED DIET WAS RECOGNISED BY UNESCO AS AN INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF ITALY, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, MOROCCO GREECE, CYPRUS AND CROATIA IN 2013.
But calling it a ‘diet’ is diminutive and doesn’t really explain the heritage status. In fact it’s a lifestyle at the heart of which is a long tradition of trades and craftsmanship, consuming essential produce like extra virgin olive oil and seasonal fruit & veg, eating slowly and in company.
Youth unemployment has always been an issue, but now in these times of recession it has risen to stratospheric levels, with almost 1 million 16-24 year olds unemployed in the UK. This is not an issue we can take lightly. It is no secret that good education, housing and a decent job, have a bearing on how long and how well we live. The effects have recently been delved into with new research by Public Health England Longer Lives website. The research shows that inadequate education and long term unemployment increase the chances of social exclusion, bad health, mental health issues, relationship breakdown, it affects self-esteem and future employability, leading to crime and long term poverty, and the list goes on.