The National Dietary Guidelines for Infants, Children and Adolescents of the Prolepsis Institute in all Nursery and Child Care Centers in the Country with a Circular of the Ministry of Health

November 1st, 2019

 

A very important circular issued by the Ministry of Health recommends the adoption of the National Nutrition Guidelines for infants, children and adolescents by public and private nursery schools and child care facilities. According to the circular, "Nutrition recommendations and indicative recommended portions for children and adolescents depending on their age" should be taken into account when designing the diet, as mentioned in the National Dietary Guidelines for infants, children and adolescents.

The National Dietary Guidelines were developed by the Prolepsis Institute, and the Ministry of Health as the Operating Body. The circular also recommends that the table on the dietary recommendations as well as the "Healthy Diet Decalogue" included in the National Dietary Guidelines, should be posted prominently for parents.

Noting the need for prevention, it is also recommended that all nurseries take action to inform and educate parents on the benefits of a balanced and healthy diet through informative lectures organized by nutritionists and the distribution of leaflets.

This is a very important initiative of the Ministry of Health in the field of adopting healthy eating habits from childhood, as Greece continues to have a large problem with child obesity in Europe.