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President Tajani hosts youth health campaign with Juventus FC coach Massimiliano Allegri and Professor Cognetti

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European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will meet Professor Cognetti, Director of the Department of Medical Oncology of the "Regina Elena" Institute in Rome, together with Juventus FC coach, Massimiliano Allegri, tomorrow in Brussels.

Allegri and Cognetti will present "Sports trainer, health trainer", the first project of its kind involving coaches and sports instructors in a large-scale educational program guiding young people towards a healthier lifestyle, preventing the subsequent occurrence of diseases in adulthood.

"The European Parliament wants to support this good practice as a call to all those who can contribute to promote informed choices by our youth, helping them to grow up healthily thanks to a balanced lifestyle protecting them from serious health risks," commented President Tajani.

"29% of European teenagers are smokers, one in four does not practice sport or any physical activity, and over 5% have obesity issues. We have to do much more in these areas. I invite other sports personalities to join Massimiliano Allegri, and follow his example for the health of our youth," concluded Tajani.

As a testimonial, Allegri has been involved for many years in the project led by "Insieme contro il cancro (Together against Cancer)" foundation. The Juventus coach launches his appeal in four pamphlets (on the health hazards of smoking, on alcohol abuse, on the importance of physical activity and on the Mediterranean diet) already distributed to tens of thousands of youths and coaches, as well as in several video interviews on social media and in an app enabling youngsters to participate in a "Health Championship" for the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Tajani, Allegri and Professor Cognetti will hold a press conference tomorrow (Wednesday 11 July) at 10:00 in the Anna Politkovskaya press room of the European Parliament in Brussels.

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