Jane Elise Kerstetter, PhD, RD, Professor in Nutritional Sciences & Allied Health, University of Connecticut
Baystate Medical Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA
This seminar will present a basic summary of the Italian Mediterranean diet: definitions, culture, history, food patterns, health benefits and consequences. We will emphasize the cultural difference in the food consumed by Italians and Americans and how these relate to the health differences between the 2 countries. We will examine the production and processing of Italy's most unique foods, their consumption and potential health benefits. Strengths and weaknesses of the Mediterranean Diet will be presented.
- Define the basic characteristics of the Italian Mediterranean diet and how they differ from the US diet.
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Mediterranean style of eating.
- Summarize the scientific research addressing the cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
- Describe the unique foods and nutrients contained in the Mediterranean diet in comparison to the US diet.
- Identify the deficiencies of the Mediterranean diet (Calcium and Vitamin D) and discuss the most recent research on osteoporosis.
5:30pm Registration, 5:45pm Light Dinner served, 6:00pm Speaker Presentation
WAMDA Members: $14, non members: $24
Please make check out to WAMDA and send with registration form to:
WAMDA c/o Anne Maher, 129 Blackberry Lane, Amherst MA 01002
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Anne 413-687-3671 or [email protected]