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The Mediterranean Diet


February 2015

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Emblematic Communities for the Mediterranean Diet: Their role in preserving the intangible cultural asset of humanity which can be set as a “steam-engine” as well as a catalyst for social and economic development

By Vicky Inglezou, Director of the Maniatakeion Foundation, Collaborator to the Mayor of the Emblematic Community of Koroni

The 2010 inscription of the Mediterranean Diet in UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the later enlargement process in 2013, gave the opportunity to the countries that supported the nomination as well as the Emblematic Communities to communicate their national and local culture to the world.

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Mediterranean Diet as ancient cultural heritage

"Support of the Mediterranean Diet as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" is followed by group visits to the exhibition "Mediterranean Diet as ancient cultural heritage" at the Palacio Gallery / Municipal Museum of Tavira and is being promoted by INATEL, for schools, heritage associations.

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The photo is of a group of retired people looking at the archaeological ruins of Phoenician, Roman and Islamic origin, related to the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet in Portugal: Culture, Food and Health

"The Mediterranean Diet in Portugal: Culture, Food and Health" is the title of the book that was released on September 6, at 19:30, at the stand of the University of Algarve, which was presented at the II Fair of the Mediterranean Diet in Tavira

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Peripheral Arterial Disease, Cardiovascular Risk and Mediterranean diet

By Demosthenes Panagiotakos, DrMedSci, Christina Chrysohoou, MD, PhD, Katherine Esposito, MD, PhD, and Dario Giugliano MD, PhD

The prevalence of Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) which refers to the obstruction of large arteries of the body is estimated to be around 12-14% in the general population and increases up to 20% of those over 70 years old. It is of interest that 70-80% of affected individuals are asymptomatic and only a minority requires revascularisation or amputation. Major risk factors of PAD are smoking, physical inactivity, dyslipidemias, hypertension, diabetes, and, consequently, the metabolic syndrome (MetS). Since the early 1990s, studies revealed the association between PAD and mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Diet has long been investigated in relation to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and its major risk factors, like dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, as well as the MetS. A recent systematic search of the literature based on 15 relevant observational studies that evaluated the direct effect of diet on CVD risk reported that the attributable risk of an unhealthy dietary pattern varies from 9 - 37%.

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The COMUNEROS of the Mediterranean Diet

"The COMUNEROS of the Mediterranean Diet" will be distributed free among school children in the Colleges of Soria.

Also Press SORIA SALUDABLE 2014 Closing of Soria where we deliver prizes to those who most have been highlighted in relation to the spirit of the Mediterranean Diet. (download)

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The greek nutrition in times of austerity

By Dr. George Boskou, Assistant Professor, Dep. Nutrition-Dietetics, Harokopio University

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What is the nutrition of the Greeks in history when as nation suffered recession and austerity?

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Expo Milano 2015 logo

Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium.

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