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Discover the Mediterranean way of eating, cooking, and living first-hand in Italy and Greece, and how this way of life benefits health.  Experience the Mediterranean diet the way locals do through cooking classes, market visits, food tours, eating home-cooked meals with families, and other culinary activities.  Learn to apply this knowledge to the practice of culinary medicine, which blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine and health. Explore the concepts of wellness and mind/body health within the Mediterranean context.  Enjoy walks and hikes along beautiful landscapes and in historic areas.  Interact with local Greeks and Italians to gain insight into culture and their way of life, including a homestay with an Italian family.

Where You Go?
See the splendor of

  • Venice

  • Bologna

  • Siena

  • Florence 

  • Rome 

  • Athens

  • Greek islands of Santorini, Naxos, and Ikaria


Designated as a “blue zone,” Ikaria is famous for the longevity of its inhabitants - - people typically live past 90 and have low rates of chronic disease. Spend six days on the island to experience its way of life, interact with locals, and observe lifestyle practices that contribute to health, longevity, and well-being. 

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Who should go?
This program is perfect for students preparing for careers in medicine, nursing, allied health, nutrition, psychology, and public health.  Those interested in doing health or wellness coaching, health promotion, lifestyle medicine, health teaching, patient education, or health/nutrition counseling in their future will develop skills that will enhance their professional skillset.  Students must be prepared/able to walk/hike 4-10 miles a day, navigate and ride public transportation, and pack light as we will be on the go during the entire program.