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ECO HVAR'S AIMS: 

To initiate, organize, promote and encourage projects to improve health in all age groups.

HOW? 

- through projects of health education for all age groups, especially the young, with special focus on promoting good balance in diet, exercise, activities, rest, relaxation and healthy lifestyle habits.

- through projects for health tourism, especially promoting activity and sporting holidays, including nature walks, bicycling, sailing, rock climbing, rowing and other water sports.

- through co-operation with organizations having similar aims in Croatia and abroad

The 'Mediterranean diet' is considered to be extremely healthy, especially in protecting against heart disease. The first commercial genetically modified (GM) crops were planted in the United States in 1994 and have aroused heated controversy ever since. When GM meets the Mediterranean diet, are the two compatible? Or will GM swallow up the concept of the 'Mediterranean diet' and spit it out, unrecognizable and indigestible?

A major scientific study published in November 2016 confirmed the horrific damage cigarette smoking can cause to human health.  Cigarette smoking is associated with 17 different types of cancer and is estimated to claim more than 6 million lives each year.

In the age before tablets, mobile phones, computers and televisions, many people used to read, and reading was a social asset. Yes, it is so. We who are old enough remember that there was a time, not so long ago, when these wonders of modern living did not exist. Children brought up in this age of instant communication across continents often wonder what we did with our time. One thing was reading. Books, newspapers, journals, magazines and comics were the main sources of passing the time pleasurably and/or educationally.

Hvar is blessed in having a very good water supply. That said, piped water is not yet available across the whole island. The eastern villages between Jelsa and Sućuraj still rely on wells and cisterns filled by rainwater, although projects to connect them to the mains supply by stages are in hand, and have been since about 2010.

Some of the concepts underlying ECO HVAR for health.

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