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A healthy diet
Lesson code: JZGQ-RPMB-CC5F-Q UPPER INTERMEDIATE +

1 Warm-up
What do you know about the Mediterranean diet?

2 Key words
Read the sentences below and match the underlined words to their definitions.

1. When Joe was a student, he used to fill up on bread and eggs.


2. The benefits of doing exercise every day outweigh the drawbacks.
3. Doctors warned Mike that his intake of red meat was too high.
4. Dean was overweight so he decided to adhere to a strict diet.
5. Eating a balanced diet is good for you, regardless of your age.

a. consumption
b. eat (something) until you are full
c. follow, maintain
d. in spite of
e. is/are more important than

3 Find the information


You are going to read an article about a recent study on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Complete the statements below.

1. Adopting a Mediterranean diet can cut your risk of developing heart disease by almost per
cent.
2. More than adults took part in the survey.
3. The participants were aged 18 to .
4. The participants provided the researchers with details about their health each year from to
2012.
5. During the decade almost per cent of the men and 12 per cent of the women who took part in
the study developed or died from heart disease.
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Mediterranean diet better than exercise


at preventing heart disease, regardless
of your age or gender, study finds.
Scientists at Harokopio University in Athens are the first to track heart disease in a
general population.

1 You've heard the evidence before but one can health each year from 2001 to 2012. The
never be too sure yet another study has shown participants also completed comprehensive
that adopting a Mediterranean diet is good for surveys about their medical records lifestyle and
your health. dietary habits three times throughout the study: at
the start, after five years and after 10 years.
2 Filling up on oily fish, nuts, whole grains and fruit
and vegetables and even the odd glass of red 9 During the decade almost a fifth (20 per cent) of
wine could cut your risk of developing heart the men and 12 per cent of the women who took
disease by almost half over a 10-year period. part in the study developed or died from heart
3 Scientists at Harokopio University in Athens found disease. Overall, those who most closely adhered
that the benefits even outweigh those of regular to a Mediterranean-style diet were found to be 47
exercise and it doesn't matter whether you're a per cent less likely to develop heart disease than
man or a woman, old or young. those who did not.

4 The study, which will be presented at the 10 This figure was the same regardless of other risk
American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual factors such as age, gender, family history and
Scientific Session in San Diego later this month, smoking habits, all of which the researchers
reinforces previous research. accounted for.
5 But it is also the first of its kind, in that it tracked
heart disease risk in a general population. Most 11 "Because the Mediterranean diet is based on food
other studies have focused on middle-aged groups that are quite common or easy to find,
people. people around the world could easily adopt this
dietary pattern and help protect themselves
6 Ekavi Georgousopoulou, a PhD candidate, who against heart disease with very little cost,"
conducted the study along with Professor Georgousopoulou said.
Demosthenes B Panagiotakos, said: "Our study
shows that the Mediterranean diet is beneficial for 12 According to the study, women are more likely to
all types of people in both genders, in all age adopt a Mediterranean diet than men.
groups, and in both healthy people and those with Georgousopoulou also pointed out that although
health conditions. Greece is in the Mediterranean, many Greeks have
adopted a more Western diet also known as the
7 "It also reveals that the Mediterranean diet has
meat-sweet diet over the past 40 years. This
direct benefits for heart health, in addition to its
diet includes large amounts of red meat, sugary
indirect benefits in managing diabetes,
desserts, high-fat foods, and refined grains.
hypertension and inflammation."
8 More than 2,500 Greek adults, aged 18 to 89, Adapted from The Independent, ANTONIA
provided researchers with details about their MOLLOY, THURSDAY 05 MARCH 2015
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4 Checking understanding
What do you remember? Put T (True) or F (False) next to each statement below.

1. The Mediterranean diet includes oily fish, nuts, whole grains, fruit and vegetables and red wine.
2. Exercise is more beneficial than diet.
3. The results of the study contradict previous research.
4. The study focused on people of all age groups, not just middle-aged people.
5. The researchers didn't take into account other risk factors such as smoking habits.
6. Anybody can adopt the Mediterranean diet.
7. Men are more likely to adopt a Mediterranean diet than women.
8. Not all Greeks adopt a Mediterranean diet.

5 Prepositions
Complete each phrase from the text with a suitable preposition.

1. take part a study


2. die heart disease
3. adhere a Mediterranean diet
4. protect yourself heart disease
5. benefits heart health
6. surveys their medical records

Now make your own sentence for each phrase.

6 Talking point
Discuss any of the questions below.

1. Do people in your country need to adopt a healthy diet?


2. Is your country's national cuisine healthy?
3. Do people eat healthy food in your country?
4. What in your opinion is a healthy lifestyle?
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1- Warm-up

Ask students what they think the Mediterranean diet consists of. Brainstorm ideas as a warm-up activity.

2- Key words

Students can work individually and check in pairs. Go through the answers.
1. b 2. e 3. a 4. c 5. d

3- Find the information

Students can work individually and check in pairs. Go through the answers.
1. 50 2. 2500 3. 89 4. 2001 5. 20

4- Checking understanding

Students can work individually and check in pairs. Go through the answers and clear up any misunderstandings.
1. T 2. F 3. F 4. T 5. F 6. T 7. F 8. T

5- Prepositions

Students can work individually and check in pairs.


1. in 2. from 3. to 4. against 5. for 6. about

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