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The Digital Stories

from Nutritional Studies

Verona, Italy


Summer 2014 





Course Description

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


Learning Objectives


  • 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



  • 3 Exams

  • Paper

  • Digital Storytelling Project

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