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Back Progetto cuore (Project Heart)

Progetto cuore – for the epidemiology and prevention of heart and cerebrovascular diseases – is coordinated by the ISS and was launched in 1998 thanks to the cooperation between four research groups directed by physicians with the same training background (MONICA-Brianza, Marco Ferrario; MONICA-Friuli, Diego Vanuzzo; ATENA, Salvatore Panico; MATISS, Simona Giampaoli) and the financing from the Ministry of Health, with the objective of achieving three goals: 

  • establish a population register to monitor cardiovascular events 
  • carry out a survey to evaluate the distribution of risk factors, the prevalence of conditions at risk and of cardiovascular diseases among Italy’s adult population 
  • evaluate the cardiovascular risk in the Italian population and design risk assessment instruments easy to use in the public health sector  

Target:  lower and upper secondary school students and teachers.
Products: health promotion campaign, events, material in paper, digital and multimedia format, the Website, a stand and info point.
The material is available on:
(upon request, paper products are also available in high resolution)


The Mediterranean Diet as a Prevention Tool 
12 March 2014 • Naples, Palazzo Zapata, the premises of the Università Telematica Pegaso (Online University)
Material available online
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Let’s learn to eat the modern Mediterranean diet in order to live better and healthier 
5 March 2011 • Conference of Inner Whell and the Mediterranean Diet Association, the secondary schools of the Vallo della Lucania School District, with the attendance of over 300 students.
Speakers: Alessandro Notaro, President of the Mediterranean Diet Association (Associazione Dieta Mediterranea), Simona Giampaoli, ISS Rome, and Jeremiah Stamler, North Westwern Chicago.
The material is available online. ISS researchers are available to represent it in schools.
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The heart’s health – How and why to adopt and keep up healthy lifestyles since we’re very young
10 February 2016 and 10 February 2017 
Promotor of the initiative – labelled ANMCO and “per il Tuo cuore” Foundation – was Gian Francesco Mureddu, the then Chairperson of the Cardiovascular Prevention Area of ANMCO. It forms part of a lifestyle education project in the 2016 edition of “Cardiologie Aperte”, sponsored by the Foundation under the patronage of the ISS and included in the Training Plan Package of the schools that joined the initiative. Several events were addressed to Rome-based lyceums. In 2016 to: the “Augusto” Classical Lyceum, the “Margherita di Savoia” Lyceum of Human Sciences, the “Charles Darwin” Scientific and Technical Tourism Lyceum, the “Tullio Levi Civita” Scientific Lyceum, the “Leopoldo Pirelli” Language Lyceum, the “Plinio Seniore” Scientific Lyceum, the “Isacco Newton” Scientific Lyceum. In 2017: the “Seraphicum” School Precinct, the “Leopoldo Pirelli” Higher Education Institute, the “Galileo Galilei” Public Technical and Industrial Institute, the “Margherita di Savoia” Lyceum of Human Sciences, the “Russell” Classical Language Lyceum, the “Augusto” Public Middle School, the “Charles Darwin” Scientific and Technical Tourism Lyceum, the “Plinio Seniore” Public Scientific Lyceum, the Rome International School. 
Material available online.  
ISS researchers are available to present it in schools (on condition the ANMCO is willing to replicate the event).

Informative material
FACTSHEET. Reducing salt and sodium: everyone can do it
Contains information on the risks associated with a high consumption of salt and sodium, including information on sodium content in food and suggestions on how to eat less in everyday food. It comes in two versions (concise and in-depth).
Material available online. 
4 page factsheet:
2 page factsheet:
ISS researchers are available to present it in schools. 

FACTSHEET. Eating habits
Contiene indicazioni e suggerimenti su come prevenire le malattie cardiovascolari attraverso un’alimentazione corretta.
Materiale disponibile online:

FACTSHEET. Physical activity 
Contains indications and suggestions on how to prevent the onset of cardiovascular diseases through a bit of physical exercise every day.
Material available online:

VIDEO animation movies 
Two animation movies on the risks of consuming large amounts of salt and sodium, including some information on the salt content in food and suggestions on how to eat less salt in your everyday diet:

  • Watch out for hidden salt. It sheds light on high-salt-content food and possible alternative options. It is available in a longer and a shorter version.
  • Less salt: you can start with. Suggests that you can gradually start opting for something different, without overturning your eating habits. 

Material available online. The videos are also available in high resolution for screening in public places (in the waiting room of doctors’ practices, pharmacies, etc.):

Browsable materials (online)
Illustrated books, produced through the cooperation between Jeremiah Stamler (world prevention expert) and the Heart Project of the ISS, give a simple and clear explanation on how to stay healthy and active, also “later on in life”. The main character is Mr B.

  • To keep in good health? It doesn’t take much, take Mr B’s word for it. It’s never too late to take care of your health. All it takes is putting a little care in your eating habits and exercise a bit – only a few non-fatiguing exercises – but performed daily, with persistence and a bit of patience. This is the daily routine of Mr B, a friendly middle-aged gentleman who, alarmed by little signs (weight increase, feeling fatigued at any little effort, high blood pressure) and thanks to his doctor’s advice, has decided to take control of the situation by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Organization of reference: Department of Cardiovascular, Endocrine-Metabolic Diseases and Aging 
Contact person: Luigi Palmieri

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