Lifestyles of the Mediterranean
This winter, students will immerse themselves in Greek culture to learn about the health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle through a unique travel-study opportunity.
Lifestyles of the Mediterranean, offered January 2-15, 2020 by the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will take place in Greece, where the Mediterranean lifestyle has been implemented for thousands of years. Among other topics, the course will cover the fundamental principles of the Mediterranean diet, a dietary pattern that has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and recently proposed as a health promoting diet in the 2015-2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
According to the course’s instructor, Labros Sidossis, “the course combines theoretical lectures with experiential activities and research to cover the fundamental principles and components of the Mediterranean lifestyle, i.e., the adoption of the Mediterranean diet, the promotion of a physically active lifestyle, and other lifestyle habits that have been found beneficial for health such as adequate rest and hydration and conviviality during meals and exercise.”
The course will include field trips, excursions and interactive educational activities, including visits to monumental sites, demonstrations of Mediterranean lifestyle practices by local community members, cooking classes and tasting of Mediterranean recipes in traditional food-service establishments, as well as collective sports activities in nature (walking, cycling, hiking, etc.).
Lifestyles of the Mediterranean is open to all students and all majors, including non-Rutgers students. Individuals who successfully complete the program can earn three credits toward their degree. The credits may be applied as an upper-level elective for students majoring in Exercise Science and Sport at Rutgers. Students in other majors should check with their department for any credit equivalency. Students should apply to the program by October 1, 2019.
For more information, visit the program website.
For general inquries, please contact:
Department of Kinesiology and Health
70 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525