Two online courses on Mediterranean Diet are offered by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) Center of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning.
The Mediterranean diet focuses on eating foods that mainly come from plants, such as whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables. It also suggests eating healthy fats like olive oil instead of butter, replacing salt with herbs and spices and consuming mostly white meat like fish and chicken, instead of red meat.
The course Mediterranean Food and Diet | A multidisciplinary Historic, Cultural, Environmental and Dietary Overview aims to introduce participants to the typical Mediterranean food products and diet, as well as the intangible cultural heritage and goods that are related to food (customs, traditions, social status, etc). This course is ideal for anyone interested in nutrition and its multicultural dimensions. Furthermore, the course offers an exciting journey to explore cultures and traditions of the Mediterranean countries and how they differ when it comes to recipes, food production and ways of cooking.
(9-week course, start dates: 4 Dec 2017, 22 Jan 2018, part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Online Programmes of UoA)
The course Nutrition, Mediterranean Diet, and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases through proper nutrition and the changes that should be made in the diet on the ground of cardiovascular problems and risk factors for them (e.g. hypertension, blood sugar etc). The course is based on the latest dietary recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, plus how they can be applied in practice. It presents the basic principles of nutrition science, recommendations for a balanced diet and the characteristics of the Mediterranean diet. Additionally it presents the medical nutrition therapy, possible drug-nutrient interactions, the changes in the diet on the ground of cardiovascular problems and risk factors.
(24-week course, start dates: 4 Dec 2017, 22 Jan 2018, part of the Health Online Programmes of UoA)
The e-learning courses are taught in English and implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. The lessons are designed to fit around the e-learner’s schedule. Successful completion leads to a Certificate of Training.
See also: University of Athens online course: The arts of ancient Greece; University of Athens’ online course: Modern Greek for non Greek speakers; Study in Greece from Abroad: E-learning Courses @ the University of Athens
Watch a short video presentation of the “Mediterranean Food and Diet” online course by Professor Michael Scoullos: