Scientific Research

 

University of Milan
(Department of Sport Science, Nutrition and Health)
&
Ermitage Bel Air, Medical Hotel, Abano - Teolo
(Hotel, Spa, Specialized Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre)

Introduction

The Department of Sport Science, Nutrition and Health of the University of Milan and the Ermitage Bel Air Spa, Medical Hotel of Abano – Teolo have been closely collaborating since 2008.

Their ultimate goal is to prove how a stay in thermal facilities with specific characteristics, combined with a customized programme, where physical activity and nutrition are specially designed, can lead to an improvement of the population’s well-being and health conditions. The project is part of similar long-term studies commissioned by the Ministry of Health aimed at improving well-being and health of the Italian population in order to counter the rampant inactivity, improper nutrition and the alarming increase in the percentage of overweight and obese subjects.

It has indeed been scientifically demonstrated that a sedentary lifestyle and excess weight are factors that induce various kinds of diseases: from cardiovascular pathologies to metabolic disorders, such as type 2 diabetes in particular, or even to tumoral diseases of the intestine, breast, uterus and prostate. Not to mention the influence that obesity and excess weight have on one’s appearance, which could undoubtedly lead to negative repercussions on one’s morale and personality.