Mediterranean Diet & Health

A Nutritional Odyssey in Greece

Experiential Conference with American and Mediterranean Scholars
October 16 - October 20, 2017 - Halkidiki, Greece


Travel to Greece with the award-winning PBS television show, The Cooking Odyssey, leading international experts and Harvard University faculty for a handson, mouth-watering immersion course on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, right where it was born. With world-renowned scholars as your instructors and the Aegean Sea as your classroom, enjoy interactive learning combined with a once-in a lifetime experience of legendary Greek hospitality, healthy & delicious food and wine, warmed by the Greek autumn sun and surrounded by the famed sights, sounds and flavors of Greece, old and new.

About our experiential conference


Featuring amazing beaches and natural reserves, the location of this conference is overlooks the azure Aegean waters of Cape Sani in of Greece’s leading hotel complexes. Halkidiki is a region in northern Greece known for its jutting peninsulas and Mediterranean forests that give way to sandy beaches in sheltered bays where elegant resorts, spa and restaurants are nestled in such beauty. The region’s notable archaeological sites include Stageira, Aristotle’s birthplace, and Olynthus, known for its well-preserved mosaic floors.

The memorable activities secured for the conference’s participants include hands-on experiences in wineries, educational walks in luscious olive groves, visits to a cheesemaker and of course, visiting local wineries. Many other surprises and exclusive events will be disclosed in the full program, available to registrants and confirmed sponsors.

Embark on a Grecian odyssey to explore the rich and authentic tastes and history of Greek cuisine! The Mediterranean diet has been a way of life for thousands of years throughout the Mediterranean, including Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Syria, Spain and Morocco. Most recently, the Mediterranean diet has become the focal point of the health industry worldwide.

Team 2017


Dr. Walter Willett

Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Mercedes Sotos Prieto, PhD

Assistant Professor at Ohio University
Visiting scientist at Harvard Chan School
of Public Health

Dr. Eleni Maloupa

Curator of Balkan Botanic Garden,
Kroussia, Greece


Prof. Demetrios Kouretas

University of Thessaly, Greece

Dr. Stefanos N. Kales

Scientific Chair


Ken Toong

U-Mass Dining

Dr. Nicholas Mezitis

Director UMA Diabetes Endocrine Care Center, Ohio University Heritage College
of Osteopathic Medicine

Prof. Ramon Estruch,

Hospital Clinic of Barcelona


Dr. Rosa María Lamuela Raventós

Institute for Research on Nutrition
and Food Safety

Prof. Eric Rimm

Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

George Stamou

Artos Productions


Dr. Eleni Melliou

Laboratory professor in the
University of Athens

Prof. Prokopios Magiatis, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor of the
University of Athens

Prof. Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD

President of the
Hellenic Health Foundation


Elena Paravantes, RDN

Media Consultant

Please ask for available sponsorship opportunities.

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