How can we raise health & nutrition awareness?
Increasing waist circumference, body fat and obesity are becoming so ordinary nowadays. Junk food and "fake" food have become the main course for many and the existence of a varied diet and sufficient physical (as well as mental) activity are absent.
I believe there is no need for further statistics regarding increasing obesity rates.
A lot of middle/lower class people have come to believe that a healthy diet is an expensive diet, people are aiming for quantity rather than quality (at least that is the case in Romania and certain Eastern European countries). I've been trying to convince as many people as possible about the effects of their diets and benefits of exercise through social conversations, but the stubbornness is persistent.
Not to mention that there is a wide gap in the organic market, and local farmers are dominated by importers. (This would be an opportunity for the creation of a local organic market, even though the agricultural sector in Romania needs a lot of improvement, excluding the industrialized grain and dairy production.)
My main question is: How can we raise nutritional awareness in a stubborn community? Any ideas are more than welcome!
I've recently applied for a TEDx license in an attempt to gather a few health-care professionals, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to jump-start a new lifestyle!
Closing Statement from Fadi Draghici
I would like to thank you for your answers! They've inspired me and I will start working on a plan and looking up financial sources such as the European funds (I'm 19, so this project is over my head considering the fact that not many people would take my prepositions seriously).
I've come to the conclusion that by advertising the effects of good, real foods in a childish manner (colorful, non-businesslike prints, etc.) we could relate to a wider audience! In order to do this, I'll be required to establish an NGO first.
Now that you've helped me realise the importance of education regarding this matter, targeting elementary schools and playground would be a great idea!