University of North Florida, Jacksonville
Summer Study Abroad
17 May - 1 June 2016
This 16-day program is an analysis of how social, psychological, historical and cultural factors impact food, nutrition, and society in Umbria and Tuscany, Italy. Classes led by Dr. Catherine Christie and Jacqueline Shank included lectures and discussions on the Mediterranean Diet and the History of Italian Cuisine as well as guided experiential learning excursions in Umbria and Tuscany where students visited the producers of olive oil, flour, wine, chocolate, and pecorino cheese. They also visited typical markets where individual purveyors sell fruits and vegetables, bread, nuts, and other elements of the Mediterranean Diet. Students met with an Italian nutrition professor and authority on the Mediterranean Diet as well as an Italian food historian to learn about the history of Italian cooking and ingredients. Nineteen graduate and undergraduate students participated in the program and in addition to learning Italian language skills related to food and nutrition, they participated in twelve cooking demonstrations with an Italian chef and learned to prepare dishes from classic Umbrian and Italian cuisine.
Please join us on our journey across Tuscany and Umbria where we share stories, as well as photos of the culture, landscape, architecture and history of Italy on our expedition across this rich country. And of course, delicious food.
The UNF Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program is committed to transforming students into valued professionals through the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors essential for lifelong learning.
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