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Renán Barrera promotes healthy habits among the population of the Municipality

by Sofia Navarro
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With the aim of ensuring a healthy future for Yucatecan families, the City Council led by Renán Barrera Concha promotes a food culture based on nutritional habits that focus on reducing the risk of diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.

Barrera Concha indicated that the commitment of the City Council is to the well-being of all the inhabitants of Mérida. Therefore, they work with organized civil society and specialists to promote public health policies, even if it is not a direct responsibility of the Municipality.

“Our responsibility is to continue providing the population with the knowledge and tools that allow them to have a better quality of life based on proper nutrition and healthy habits,” he expressed.

He mentioned that for the people of Yucatán in general, the well-being of the family and the health of our children always come first, and with this “Food Guide,” which is regionalized, they are taking a further step in this matter to continue moving forward.

He recalled that in recent years, through the Nutrition department, workshops have been offered to promote good habits and learn to prepare healthy foods. Additionally, there have been activities, online courses, and workshops to improve the eating habits of the population.

On his part, Castillo Laviada pointed out that this guide is based on the NOVA system, which classifies foods according to their degree of processing, emphasizing the importance of consuming unprocessed or minimally processed foods.

He informed that among the objectives of the Guide is to promote the consumption of a complete, healthy, varied, locally sourced, and culturally acceptable diet for the population of Mérida. It also aims to encourage the consumption of unprocessed or minimally processed foods and the use of regional culinary ingredients in our preparations.

Likewise, he continued, it prioritizes regional and balanced culinary preparations, promotes the consumption of natural water for proper hydration, encourages physical exercise for all ages and physical characteristics of individuals, and promotes well-being and quality of life, reducing health risks.

It is worth mentioning that the first “Food Guide” based on food, water consumption, and physical exercise in the city of Mérida is the result of research conducted through the “Cities Changing Diabetes” project in the urban area of the Municipality.

Finally, “Changing Diabetes” is a program that was carried out in Mérida in 2021 by the company “Novo Nordisk” and the City Council.

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