Cretan Lifestyle: Mediterranean Tradition & Modern Applications

Experiential Conference with American and Mediterranean Scholars
November 7-11, 2022 - Creta Palace Resort, Rethymno, Crete, Greece


Travel to Crete with leading international experts and Harvard University faculty for a handson, mouth-watering immersion course on the health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean Lifestyle, right where it was born and first-shown to be number one in the famous 7-countries study (The Seven Countries Study - The first epidemiological nutrition study, since 1958). With world-renowned scholars as your instructors and Crete as your classroom, enjoy interactive learning combined with a once-in a lifetime experience of legendary Cretan GRECOTEL hospitality, healthy & delicious food and wine, warmed by the autumn sun and surrounded by the famed sights, sounds and flavors of Crete, old and new (Region of Crete), including the experiences of AGRECO Farms.

About our experiential conference


A unique opportunity to “live like a Greek,” enjoying the azure waters surrounding Crete, natural reserves, and the amazing flavors of the renowned Mediterranean cuisine! Learn from the experts the scientific base and train on the field (literally) to advance your culinary acumen and palate. Memorable activities will be secured for the conference’s participants including hands on experiences in wineries, walks in luscious olive groves, visits to cheese-makers, and many other surprises. Exclusive VIP treatments will be available at Grecotel, a gem of Greek hospitality and an award-winning destination. The Mediterranean lifestyle will come to life in all its amazing colors and flavors: join us for this

Team 2022

Stefanos N. Kales MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM

Harvard Medical School & Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Greg Drescher

Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives The Culinary Institute of America NY, USA

Frank Hu, MD, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Phil Kafarakis

President & CEO, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association

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

Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Athens

Miguel Ángel Martínez-González

Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarra Medical School

Dr. Eleni Melliou

Laboratory Teaching Personnel

Prof. Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD

President of the
Hellenic Health Foundation

Dr. Walter Willett

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

Dan Flynn

UC Davis Olive Center

Dr. Nikos Scarmeas

University of Athens

Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD.

Yale School of Public Health

Nikolaos E. Rodopaios

dietitian – nutritionist and theologian

Rosa M Lamuela-Raventos

Research Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety

Apostolos Kiritsakis M.Sc., Ph.D.

International Hellenic University

Prof. Ramon Estruch, MD, PhD

Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain

Isabella Zampetaki

journalist and author

Arn Grashoff

Innovative Food Holdings Inc.

Maria Protopapas-Marneli

Research Centre on Greek Philosophy at the Academy of Athens

Adam Millman

Yale Hospitality

Garett DiStefano

University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst Dining

Dr. Konstantinos Zormpas

Orthodox Academy of Crete

Mercedes Sotos Prieto, PhD

Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Kalliopi (Popi) Kalaitzi, MD, MSc

Athens University, Laiko Hospital

Nickolas Nicolaou

El Greco USA

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