For students whose meals are all alike due to lack of time and / or money, the public health agency France has just launched a campaign offering several recipe ideas to be made in "2-2" which change from usual but which are quick to make, inexpensive and balanced. A good way to cook a little more often, without breaking the bank and you don't have to be a great chef to succeed!


The lifestyle changes that accompany the transition to adulthood are very numerous: leaving the family home, autonomy in decision-making, unstructured active life (class schedules, etc.), influence of peers and groups which evolve… and can be conducive to the development of unhealthy eating behaviors. For example, a study conducted by the National Observatory for Student Life (OVE) reveals that almost half of the student population says they skip meals during a normal week of class. Among the main obstacles to having a balanced diet, lack of time and money come first.

 Especially since in this period of prolonged health crisis, the precariousness of young people can worsen and add to the difficulties they already face in moving towards a healthier diet. Yet 88% of students say they want to change their eating habits, and coming of age is a key time to adopt positive health behaviors. This is in fact a period during which good reflexes can be installed and maintained in adulthood, provided you know how to remove the main obstacles identified to a balanced diet which are, in addition to the cost and the lack of time , lack of skills and equipment.

A campaign as close as possible to the world of young people

This is why the French public health agency decided to focus on prevention, by launching a digital information campaign aimed at 18-25 year olds, to give them some keys to improving their diet. Called "en 2-2", a colloquial expression meaning "quickly", it illustrates that it is possible to eat well on a small budget, when you lack time, skills and materials. "The goal is to make 18-25 year olds want to prepare healthy, fast and inexpensive meals by enhancing the image of better eating without sacrificing their pleasure and without making them feel guilty." explains Anne-Juliette Serry of Public Health France.

 Six delicious, healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes are therefore available on the website. On the menu: croque madame, coral lentil curry, microwaved pumpkin, shakshuka, tuna and tomato samosas and carrot and chickpea salad. Recipes that can be done with little equipment, which take 2 minutes and cost 2 euros or almost. “Varied, appetizing dishes that can be made in a few simple steps. », Specifies Public Health France. In addition, a video clip presenting the concept of recipes is being broadcast until November 29 on social networks and on the screens of around 30 university campuses in France.

It should be noted that in France, the recommendations on diet and physical activity have been defined by the public authorities since the implementation of the National Nutrition-Health Program (PNNS) in 2001. This public health plan, which is in its fourth version (launched in September 2019), aims to improve the state of health of the population by acting on one of its major determinants: nutrition. Among the latest recommendations, increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, unsalted nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc.), pulses, favor whole starches and “homemade” foods and reduce the consumption of fatty products , salty, sweet, alcohol, cold cuts and red meat.