Our internist is a close friend and once a week he works in the emergency room of a clinic near Versailles. Not far from the clinic is a large shopping center which is a one-stop fantasy land of everything one could ever imagine — including Monoprix of course. (OK, it’s not Paris, but it’s convenient and one can find a parking space.)
They are part of the Programme National Nutrition Santé and are absolutely fascinating. The overall themes with the books of about 140 pages were eating and moving (manger and bouger). There are several in the collection including everything from how to feed one’s child from birth through adolescence to Le Guide Nutrition à Partir de 55 ans.
As I know I’ve mentioned before, whenever a food ad on television might be construed as a snack, a warning flashes across the bottom of the screen reminding us not to eat between meals and that we should be consuming five fruits and vegetables each day.
The books and pamphlets are in full color, amusingly illustrated, intelligent and never preachy. As you can imagine I swooped up a few, sent two off to Andrea and I’m now reading the others. One of the pamphlets is devoted entirely to sugar, another to salt. You know those stories. . .
On a more serious note, one pamphlet talks about depression, gently explaining the difference between “the blues” versus a clinical problem and where and how to turn for help.
Do other countries offer these types of support? I have no idea.