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WIC Newsletter
May 2016

Introduction

Special Edition - XI Mediterranean Diet Conference Report
This May special edition is dedicated to the XI Mediterranean Diet Conference that took place in Barcelona from April 27-28, 2016 and was organised by the Mediterranean Diet Foundation and FIVIN.
The conference was a great opportunity to learn more about the latest scientific evidence on the Mediterranean diet (MD) including responsible wine consumption and it also became evident that other lifestyle factors contribute to a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing.
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Key note SpeakerBenefits of moderate wine consumption
The keynote speaker of the conference was Prof. Iris Shai, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. As the leading investigator of the first randomised controlled CASCADE trial, she reported about results of this study where type-2 diabetes patients were randomly assigned to consume 150 ml of mineral water, white or red wine with dinner for 2 years. 
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Wine in Moderation and Mediterranean lifestyle – From science to consumers
In a digital era with fast moving information, translating the latest research results into easily understandable language and communicating in an objective and responsibly manner is challenging and difficult. For this purpose, one of the pillars of Wine in Moderation Programme is supported by the Wine Information Council. Using the recent updates of the drinking guidelines in some countries and the potential health consequences, Ursula. Fradera illustrated one of the issues that WIC is dealing with.
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Mediterranean drinking pattern – Why drinking patterns matter
Prof. Mladen Boban, University of Split, explained that drinking patterns in terms of frequency and the amount of wine consumed as well as drinking with or without a meal are important influencing factors for the biological effects of wine. Prof. Boban addressed the potential underlying mechanisms where the beneficial effects of wine are more evident, if consumed as an integral part of a meal, a typical drinking habit in the Mediterranean.
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How does sleep affect our eating pattern?
Dr. Marie-Pierre St. Onge, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, illustrated how a healthy sleep is influenced by eating patterns. She described how sleep duration has been associated with food intake: short sleepers have poorer dietary habits than normal sleepers.
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Why happiness is linked to health, well-being and a long life?
Prof. Carol Ryff, Psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, demonstrated how happiness is linked to health and well-being and a long life. There is growing evidence that those with higher levels of well-being, particularly purposeful life engagement, self-realisation and positive ties with others, have a reduced risk of multiple disease outcomes, and live longer.
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In this issue

  • Special Edition - XI Mediterranean Diet Conference Report
  • Key note Speaker: Benefits of moderate wine consumption
  • Wine in Moderation and Mediterranean lifestyle – From science to consumers
  • Mediterranean drinking pattern – Why drinking patterns matter
  • How does sleep affect our eating pattern?
  • Why Happiness is linked to health, well-being and a long life?

     

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