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(UK) Why do the Italians live longer than us? - BBC.co.uk

(UK) Why do the Italians live longer than us? - BBC.co.uk | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it

What is it about the Italians? They smoke more than us, they earn less, their economy is in even worse shape than ours, they spend less on healthcare, and yet - they live longer. Not just a bit, but a whopping 18 months more on average.
They also have more years of good health before disease and disability set in.
The UK did poorly in a comparison of health outcomes in 19 countries over 20 years published in the Lancet.
On life expectancy we came 14th - slipping down two places since 1990. Italy, by contrast, rose from 5th to 2nd - ahead of France, Germany, and Sweden.
This is all the more astonishing given that, until the 1970s, Britons lived longer than Italians.

So how did La Dolce Vita overtake the British Good Life?
Part of it is down to dramatic improvements in living standards in Italy from the 1960s - the shift from crushing poverty to growing affluence.
There have been improvements in living standards here of course. But Alan Maryon-Davis, honorary Professor of Public Health at King's College London suggests that Italy is a more cohesive and less divided society than ours. He said "There is a flatter social gradient - less difference between the haves and have-nots in Italy, and that is likely to play a role in health outcomes."

Mediterranean diet
He also speculated whether the British psyche was fatalistic when it came to illness: "I wonder if many people feel that they can ignore their health for decades in the expectation that the NHS will be there to bail them out when they get into trouble."
In the 1970s a universal National Health Service was established in Italy which was modelled in part on the NHS. Successive Italian governments poured money into health - for decades Italy spent significantly more on its health service than Britain. Only recently has UK spending caught up and overtaken that of Italy.
It's true that Italians are more likely to smoke than Britons - 23% of adults there compared to 20% here. But until around 2006 Italy had fewer smokers; our levels have simply fallen faster than theirs, meaning adults here are still paying the price of decades of greater cigarette consumption.

Consumption of olive oil is high in Italy
The Mediterranean diet is also likely to be a factor in Italian longevity. Stefania Salmaso, Director, National Centre for Epidemiology and Health Promotion in Rome, told me: "Since the 1960s there has been a big improvement in the Italian diet, with much more fresh fish and a wider variety of foods. Fresh vegetables and fruit are commonly available and we use a lot of olive oil in cooking, and less animal fats than is found in British dishes."
Traditionally, Italians have drunk wine with meals and avoided the sort of binge drinking that is commonplace in Britain, but Dr Salmaso warns that habits are changing for the worse among the young.
Several studies have linked the Mediterranean diet with a reduced risk of heart disease. Only last month a trial in the New England Journal of Medicine involving more than 7,000 people in Spain found that those given either a litre of extra virgin olive oil, or 200g of walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds every week for five years had a significantly reduced risk of stroke and heart disease compared to a third control group who were simply advised to have a low-fat diet.
How do the Italians view their health? Do they celebrate their position as among the longest living nations in the world? Apparently not. "Not a single Italian journalist contacted me about the Lancet study" said Stefania Salmaso in Rome. "People here don't realise how lucky they are. All the focus is on the political crisis. I think that good news gets ignored."

Can we be certain why average life expectancy in Italy is 81.5 years compared to 79.9 in the UK? Is it diet, healthcare, social structure, even climate - and which is the most important? Dr Edmund Jessop, vice-president, UK Faculty of Public Health, told me: "To be honest, nobody knows. Life expectancy looks like a simple number but it's incredibly complicated - with a huge number of factors all playing a part. We can speculate about the causes, but it's impossible to give a single definitive answer." 


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La vid se la vid ( Un vaso de vino, en el almuerzo)
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RU OPPORTUNITIES Artist's Residency Program, in Umbria, Italy

RU OPPORTUNITIES Artist's Residency Program, in Umbria, Italy | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it
The International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture Artist's Residency Program, in Umbria, Italy (Deadline: Ongoing). joseph-painting-P9050390. Location: Montecastello di Vibio (PG) ITALY; Deadline: Ongoing; Duration: June - ...
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The Seven Hills of Rome: What Are They and What Can You See?

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The Seven Hills of Rome: What Are They and What Can You See?

The Seven Hills of Rome mark the traditional boundaries of the city. It was on these seven hills – Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, and Viminal – that the first settlements of Rome began and these seven hills were the ones protected within the Servian Walls. The foundations, gates, and ruins of these 4th century-BC walls can still be seen in some parts of the city. Subsequent builds of fortifications in Rome, such as the Aurelian Walls (3rd century AD) and the Leonine City (9th century AD) included other hills (Janiculum, Vatican, Pincian), but the original Seven Hills are the ones in bold above and included within the red border in the map to the right.
Now that you’ve had a short history lesson, you may be wondering what you can see today on Rome’s Seven Hills. Rather than tell you, I thought I would use the power of Google’s Street View to show you.

Aventine Hill - This is the place to see the famous view of “St. Peter’s through the keyhole” at the Knights of Malta headquarters. More on the Aventine Hill.Caelian Hill - The Baths of Caracalla are one of the highlights of the Caelian (pronounced “Chellian”) Hill, which is largely a wealthy residential area. The Villa Cellimontana (Caelian Mountain Villa), is a 16th century villa and gardens that many Romans frequent in warmer weather for its nature and tranquility. The villa grounds also serve as the site for an annual jazz festival.Capitoline Hill - The Capitoline Museums and the seat of the Roman government live here. On the higher ridge of the hill stands the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli.Esquiline Hill - The Esquiline Hill was where Nero built his “Golden House” (Domus Aurea). Today, much of the Esquiline is crowded with shops and apartment blocks. And, oh hey, on the southwestern spur of the Esquiline is the Colle Oppio (the smaller Oppian Hill) where you can admire the Colosseum.Palatine Hill - The Palatine, where Romulus and Remus were supposedly born, is the original hill of all of Rome’s hills. Rome’s main archeological area is here.Quirinal Hill - The Quirinal Palace, where the President of Italy resides, is the main landmark of this hill. Though, winding staircases and alleys from the pinnacle lead down to the Trevi Fountain [directions].Viminal Hill - The smallest of Rome’s Seven Hills is the site of the Baths of Diocletian, now part of the National Roman Museum. It’s all a short walk from Termini, Rome’s main train station.
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The hills of Rome can help in the understanding of Roman life and mythology

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Strade dei Sapori dell'Umbria - Associazione Strade Vino e Olio Umbria, Turismo, Hotel, Artigianato, Cultura, Ricettività, Eventi, Rassegne

Strade dei Sapori dell'Umbria - Associazione Strade Vino e Olio Umbria, Turismo, Hotel, Artigianato, Cultura, Ricettività, Eventi, Rassegne | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it
Strade dei Sapori in Umbria. Le Strade dell’Olio e del Vino legate alle principali colture e ai prodotti che più e meglio connotano il loro territorio e ne costituiscono i suoi più quotati indicatori di qualità enogastronomica, ed il cui valore...
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An Afternoon in Orvieto, Italy

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After  the Masters of Contemporary Art exhibition finished in Florence the next leg of our Italian visit was to stay with friends in Anzio - a Roman 'suburb' (of which there will be a post later), ...
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Minturno, Italy: La Sagra Delle Regne EP 1 - Back to the Mother Country

Mickela arrives in Southern Italy on a mission to reconnect with her family's roots through dance and food -- after quickly seeing her grandmother, Nonna Pin...
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36 Hours In... Urbino - Telegraph.co.uk

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In short, this matches any hill town in Tuscany or Umbria, with a fraction of the visitors. ...
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Skiën, Snowboarden en Langlaufen in Umbrië

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Waar kan je Skiën, Snowboarden en Langlaufen in Umbrië? Forca Canapine, Centro Fondo Sibilini, Centro Fondo Valsorda, Centro Fondo Pian delle Macinare
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Panis Angelicus – Friar Alessandro “Voice of Assisi” | Catholic Glasses

Panis Angelicus – Friar Alessandro “Voice of Assisi” | Catholic Glasses | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it
This entry was posted on 02/22/2013, in Friar Alessandro, Music, Panis Angelicus "Voice of Assisi", Videos, Vocations and tagged ''Panis, Alessandro, Angelicus'', Assisi, Friar, of, Voice. Bookmark the permalink.
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In Le Marche, Golden Serpents, Lace Wonders - Anne's Italy - Experience Italy in a Way You Never Dreamed Possible

In Le Marche, Golden Serpents, Lace Wonders - Anne's Italy - Experience Italy in a Way You Never Dreamed Possible | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it
Lost in time are the origins of Offida, medieval hilltown of Le Marche, certainly inhabited in the Bronze Age, later by a local Italic tribe, then finally by…
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VIDEO: Italy's Mount Etna rumbles to life - New York Daily News

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Italy's Mount Etna erupted on Tuesday after showing signs of activity in recent weeks.
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Het oude Rome in een elektriciteitscentrale

Het oude Rome in een elektriciteitscentrale | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it

Rome is een stad van uitersten. Pelgrims nemen de woorden van de paus op met hun iPhone, de nieuwste mode flaneert over duizend jaar oude straten, scooters razen langs zacht schuifelende nonnen… Juist in het combineren van oud en nieuw – waartoe de stad min of meer gedwongen is – blinkt Rome uit.

 

Een prachtig voorbeeld van hoe oud en nieuw samengaan en tot weer iets nieuws kunnen leiden, vind je in het mooiste museum van de stad: de Centrale Montemartini. Tot 1963 was dit gebouw nog een functionerende elektriciteitscentrale, in 1911 opgetrokken naar een ontwerp van de ingenieur Giovanni Montemartini.


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Tuscany’s Gold Coast

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Now that the land rush is subsiding, the true worth of the region’s vineyards is being reflected in spectacular wines.
The Viale dei Cipressi offers an unforgettable journey to those who travel down its path. At approximately three miles in length—with 2,000 columnar trees on either side of the gently undulating avenue—it’s said to be the longest cypress-lined road in the world.
The road cuts a route across coastal Tuscany, from the shimmering Tyrrhenian Sea to hilly brush, slicing through some of the world’s most prized vineyards along the way. The strada provinciale starts at the octagonal San Guido chapel at the shore and finishes inland, at the gates of the medieval Castello di Bolgheri.
The Viale dei Cipressi represents a cultural, historical and environmental continuum by which the entire area is measured. But in spiritual terms, this glorious passageway leads to the Shangri-La of Italian wine.
Three-quarters up the Viale dei Cipressi on the right is the 42-acre vineyard of Sassicaia, named after the many stones (sassi in Italian) that pepper its gravelly clay soils. This vineyard lends its name to the wine that fulfills the enormity of Italy’s enological promise.
“We are all children of Sassicaia,” says vintner Michele Satta, whose eponymous estate produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sangiovese. “It is the inspiration for all Italian wine past, present and future.”
That inspiration drives the exciting work underway in coastal Tuscany. Previously known as the birthplace of super Tuscans—a passé catch-all name for iconic wines made outside obsolete Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) regulations—Tuscany’s coast now bustles with a new generation of pioneering vintners.
From concept wines without roots (like the nebulous super Tuscan category), the region’s vintners now pursue wines in tune with their geographic origins comparable to the greatest appellations of Tuscany: Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
The emphasis has clearly swung in favor of territory, territory, territory.
The 120-mile coastline that extends from the port city of Livorno to the postcard-perfect hilltop town of Capalbio is home to six wine regions, plus the island of Elba. Each possesses unique climatic and geologic conditions, grape varieties and individual wines.

 

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Food festivals in March 2013

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  Truffles, olive oil and all the best of Italian food and wine! Florence, Cigoli (San Miniato), San Giovanni d'Asso and Volterra: four tasty events at four amazing locations. Taste  Florence,…
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Discovering Umbria: My favourite things...10 tips for your Umbrian escape

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The mystique of the truffle: A conversation with Vittorio Giordano - OnMilwaukee.com

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In Italy, the use of the pig to hunt truffles has been prohibited since 1985 due to damage to the truffle beds caused by animals during digging.
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Raw: Mt. Etna Eruption Lights Up Sky in Italy - USA TODAY

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Raw: Mt. Etna Eruption Lights Up Sky in Italy. Italy's Mount Etna had a spectacular eruption Tuesday night, shooting out lava and hot ash.
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Italy: Charmed by Cinque Terre - New Zealand Herald

Italy: Charmed by Cinque Terre - New Zealand Herald | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it
New Zealand Herald Italy: Charmed by Cinque Terre New Zealand Herald Cinque Terre - a cluster of five picturesque historic villages on the Italian Riviera - is such a fantasy, one I had treasured since watching a travel programme on television eons...
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Spring is coming, let’s enjoy a picnic in the Vineyard

Spring is coming, let’s enjoy a picnic in the Vineyard | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it
Together with our partner in Assisi  Saio, we are happy to propose you a  scenic walk through the vineyard with a pic-nic lunch. - From first of April through the [...]
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Study Abroad in Italy - Perugia with the Umbra Institute

Find out more at www.umbra.org The Umbra Institute is an American study abroad program based in Perugia, Italy that offers credit-bearing courses ...youtube.com
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De hoofdrolspelers bij de parlementsverkiezingen in Italië

De hoofdrolspelers bij de parlementsverkiezingen in Italië | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it
Op 24 en 25 februari vinden de verkiezingen voor het Huis van Afgevaardigden en de Senaat in Italië plaats. Wie zijn de belangrijkste figuren om ...
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Italy with Kids

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Top places to go with kids in Italy. Here are good places to take the kids on an Italy family vacation. Where to go in Italy if you're traveling with kids.
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Umbria Jazz 2013, colpo del festival: in esclusiva mondiale il duo Herbie Hancock-Chick Corea | Umbria24.it

Umbria Jazz 2013, colpo del festival: in esclusiva mondiale il duo Herbie Hancock-Chick Corea | Umbria24.it | Umbria & Italy | Scoop.it
An evening with Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.
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