Cretan Lifestyle: Mediterranean Tradition & Modern Applications

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Cretan Lifestyle 2023: Mediterranean Tradition & Modern Applications
2nd Annual Experiential Conference with American, International and Greek Scholars
November 13-18, 2023 – GRECOTEL Hotels & Resorts, 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 2023

Frank Hu, MD, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo, MD, PhD

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Nick Buettner

Blue Zones Project

Magda Tsolaki

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Prof. Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD

President of the
Hellenic Health Foundation

Pasquale Strazzullo

Federico II University of Naples (Emeritus)

Christos Lionis

University of Crete

Antonino Bianco

University of Palermo

Stefanos N. Kales MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM

Harvard Medical School & Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Walter Willett

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

Dr. Michael Katharakis

Regional Research and Innovation Council of Crete

Miguel Ángel Martínez-González

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

Maria Nikolantonaki

Associate Professor at University of Burgundy, IUVV

Markus Stolz

Wine Dealer

Demetrios M. Kalaitzidakis

Group Operations Director at Grecotel Hotels & Resorts

Kalliopi (Popi) Kalaitzi, MD, MSc

Athens University, Laiko Hospital

Mercedes Sotos Prieto, PhD

Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Angela Moumouri

Marketing Manager, Gefsinus

Dimitris Skarmoutsos

Executive chef

Phil Kafarakis

President & CEO, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association

Angelo Mojica

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Midgie Cajayon

Food Services Officer, World Bank Group

Chef Iakovos Apergis

Piraeus General Hospital - Tzaneio

Miguel Ruiz-Canela

University of Navarra

Ken Toong

Executive Director of University of Massachusetts, U-Mass Dining

Rafi Taherian

Yale Hospitality

Beth Frates

Harvard - American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Robert Saper

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Lilian Cheung

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Elissa Epel

University of California San Francisco

Dan Flynn

UC Davis Olive Center

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

Aris Kefalogiannis

Innovator & entrepreneur in fine foods

Dr. Eleni Melliou

Laboratory Teaching Personnel

Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD.

Yale School of Public Health

George Sakellaropoulos

Owner at Sakellaropoulos Organic Farming

Apostolos Kiritsakis M.Sc., Ph.D.

International Hellenic University