The series of educational booklets “Nutrition, Health, and Longevity” was inspired by the desire and goal to educate and raise awareness about healthy nutrition, exercise, and a balanced lifestyle, essential for coping with a highly critical situation for public health.


The aim is to bring scientific research data on aging, longevity, nutrition, and disease prevention and treatment “from the laboratory to the plate” entering homes and schools, among children, adolescents, adults, and older adults to offer useful and practical information and tools to make informed choices and live long and healthy lives.


We are in a rather critical phase for public health. The latest estimates from the World Health Organization reveal that 40% of adults and 18% of children and teenagers on the planet are overweight or obese. In Italy, almost half of Italians are overweight and 1 in 10 is obese (about 23 million). Furthermore, 3 out of 10 children are overweight and 1 of these is obese (2nd Italian Obesity Barometer Report 2020). We are second only to Cyprus and almost on the same level as Greece and Spain, with a prevalence of overweight children in the South (ISTAT 2019 report).

Obesity and overweight are risk factors for many non-communicable diseases both in childhood and adolescence and in adulthood such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. This situation could be countered, on the basis of accurate and recognized scientific studies, through balanced nutrition and lifestyle.

Furthermore, thanks to the recently released and rather evident data, it can be said that intervening directly on aging over time could be a more effective preventive formula for many diseases than the one implemented now to treat every single disease at the time of its appearing. For example, thanks to proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle, it is possible to intervene in a preventive manner on over a third of non-communicable diseases or premature deaths that occur in Italy. (Data from the Ministry of Health, Istat, and Eurostat).


For this reason, the Fondazione Valter Longo Onlus is committed to:

-Make healthy longevity accessible to everyone, based on proper nutrition, regular exercise, and prevention. These are essential for living well and for a long time.

-Offer integrated therapies and prevention tools against non-communicable diseases in children and adults such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and neurodegenerative diseases, by promoting: healthy pro-longevity interventions for everyone through personalized nutritional visits, educational programs, and targeted scientific dissemination. The goal is to change lives at risk or to support those who suffer through healthy nutrition and a balanced lifestyle.

-Create a “culture of longevity” based on health, well-being, positivity, sustainability, inclusion, a sense of community and solidarity. These are important values for living for a long time as taught by the Blue Zones, the areas with the highest percentage of centenarians in the world.

Protect health, as a fundamental human right as indicated in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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This issue will analyze the importance of vitamins for our health, their functions, the daily recommended intake, problems in case of deficiency or excessive dosage, in what food they are contained, and how to consume these foods (cooking or cold).

Vitamin A, vitamins of group B and specifically vitamin B6, B9 (folate), B12 will be analyzed and then vitamin C, D, E, H, K, PP.



You will find a practical information about healthy nutrition and a balanced lifestyle for the prevention of many non-communicable diseases, as well as an integrated therapy for their treatment. You will read about cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cancer, obesity, the famous Mediterranean Diet, and specific foods such as coffee, broccoli, raspberries, and olive oil, as well as energy drinks and processed foods and their effect on our health.



This issue offers, in collaboration with the artist Manuela Lupis, a series of images representing places of longevity, of happiness, and of the Foundation. These can be downloaded and colored. These illustrations will guide and follow you as you explore several places on this planet, known to be the home of groups of healthy and long-lived people. Do follow us through this journey to find out the reasons for their longevity! We will then also explore places in the world where people are the happiest, of course digging into the reasons for their happiness. Finally, our last destination takes you to the cities that host our Foundations, Los Angeles and Milan. Have a great trip!



This booklet aims to offer healthy and delicious recipes and menus. All the dishes in this volume are “dishes of longevity” that represent a practical application of Professor Longo’s Longevity Diet. The idea is to bring science from the “laboratory to the plate” by entering homes and kitchens and to provide everyone with viable and practical tools to live a long and healthy life. At the same time, attention is also placed on the taste and the pleasure that can be derived from enjoying exquisite and appetizing dishes.


What are the benefits of minerals? What is the daily intake and what are the problems caused by a mineral deficiency or excess? What foods are minerals found in? As a sequel of the booklet concerning vitamins, this booklet is the last of a series dedicated to micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Assimilated through food, they play a part in various physiological processes that are important for the proper functioning of the human body and are therefore essential for our health.


What is the link between physical activity, longevity, and disease prevention? Why are a balanced lifestyle and eating habits, sleep, reduced stress and contact with nature important for a healthy life? Why is respect for the environment essential for the health and survival of us all? This booklet, along with Longevity News 1: Nutrition and Disease, provides an in-depth overview of disease, nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, and the environment in order to provide you with the tools to live a long and healthy life.

Download the booklets of the “Nutrition, health and longevity.

With a contribution of at least Euro 10, you will receive the booklets of the “Nutrition, health and longevity” series. Through this educational series and thanks to the contributions collected, the Valter Longo Foundation will continue its mission in favor of patients who are in an economic or critical health condition, children, adults and the elderly in need who will be able to benefit from free assistance programs. and health support and Foundation education and awareness programs.

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