Lifestyles of the Mediterranean - Summer

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Tentative Program Syllabus 

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The course Lifestyles of the Mediterranean combines theoretical lectures, field trips, excursions and interactive educational activities to cover the fundamental principles and components of the Mediterranean lifestyle, i.e., the adoption of the Mediterranean diet, the promotion of a physically active lifestyle, and other lifestyle habits that have been found beneficial for health.

Term: Summer 2020
Credits:  3
Date: May 15 - 27, 2020 (Note: Program begins May 15, 2020 at 7pm in Athens. Please arrange to arrive accordingly) 
Program Cost: $3,569 (Undergraduate/NJ Resident)

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Faculty Director Profile

Dr. Sidossis is a distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health. He is a native of Greece and has spent the past 30 years researching the role of lifestyle factors i.e. diet and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of various diseases including obesity, insulin resistance and dyslipidemias.

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Quick Facts


Language of Instruction: English
Suggested G.P.A.: 2.5
Class Standing: Undergraduate / Graduate
Number of Credits: 3 (Fulfills 3-credit upper level elective for Exercise Science and Sport Management majors. Other majors should check with their Department for any credit equivalency.)
Non-Rutgers Students: Yes
Majors: All
Program Type: Faculty Led
Program Director: Labros Sidossis

Student Reflections

“I feel that I have learned a lot about what it really means to be healthy. I now know how to evaluate my behaviors and modify them in a way that works better and helps me to be healthier. Before the course formally began, I thought that we would just learn about the day to day life of the Mediterranean people. We did learn about this, but we also learned so much more. This course went above and beyond my expectations. I was not expecting the amount of work assigned or the amount of time it would take to do all of this work.”
Samantha Kopacki - Winter 2017

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“We are very happy and honored to be working with  Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece  which will host some of the course activities in Nafplio for another year!"