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RUTGERS University – CIHEAM-MAICh summer school

The Summer School of the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, in cooperation with CIHEAM-MAICh, is taking place at the CIHEAM-MAICh Conference Center, during the period 16-31 July 2017. The aim of the summer school is to enable students to study the Mediterranean Diet in its country of origin by studying sustainable agriculture and alternative consumption patterns with emphasis on traditional Mediterranean practices. In this context, the students have attended a cookery course conducted by the CIHEAM-MAICh chef Yannis Apostolakis as well as other educational activities related to history, evolution, culinary aspects and health benefits in relation to the traditional Greek way of life. Students are also studying the complex concept of the food production and distribution cycle in relation to culture, public health, the economy and the environment through the example of a diet based on the agriculture and economy of the island of Crete.

As part of the educational excursions, the students were guided through the city of Chania by CIHEAM-MAICh's English professor Maria Verivaki. The three-hour guided tour focused on food markets, starting from the street market held in a historic part of the city near the law courts. The members of the group were able to explore fresh local seasonal products. Many vendors cut fruit and cheese for them to try and some students said it was the first time that they were seeing and trying some products, such as apricots and purslane.

The next stop was at the central market of Chania, which the students compared with the street market. The walk through the Agora passed by the residential area of Ai-Yanni where the students were able to appreciate the architecture of the late 18th century-early 19th century mansions.

The tour ended in the old town of Chania, where Mrs. Verivaki highlighted some of the city's landmarks: the minarets, the church of Agios Nikolaos, the plane tree in Splantzia and the archaeological findings at Kasteli. The final stop of the tour was the Kastelli hill which offers stunning views of the Venetian harbor.

The official language of the summer school is English.

For more information, contact Prof. Lampros Sidossis, Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health, and Professor, Department of Medicine, RWJ Medical School, (Greek tel. number +30-28210-35080)