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from Nutritional Studies
This 5-week, hands-on Nutritional Sciences course takes place in Verona, Italy, a beautiful and historic northern Italian city. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the approach to food preparation, agriculture and community-based cultural activities characteristic to the Mediterranean region. Excursions include visits to olive oil, pasta, and Parmesan cheese processing plants.
Ellen - Italy
Jenna - Italy
Summer - Italy
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To introduce the Mediterranean dietary pattern that has a well-established beneficial role in health promotion.
To discuss that Epidemiologic studies reveal the protective role of adherence to this pattern on overall cancer incidence and mortality, prevention of obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
Recognize this diet pattern as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Italy, Greece, Spain and Morocco, thus recognizing this Mediterranean component of life style as a contribution to the world
Provide students with information about the health benefits of foods associated with a Mediterranean diet and for the prevention of chronic diseases
Review and discuss the influence of bioactive compounds present in Mediterranean foods on metabolic pathways
Provide students with an opportunity to learn about the food industry in Northern Italy, and dietary patterns of the Mediterranean area
Acquire hands-on experience with food preparation supervised by local food instructors
Experience the cultural diversity of Italy and influence of Mediterranean culture
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