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Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to PA

Posted: May 3, 2016

The Mediterranean lifestyle and way of eating can be beneficial for the general population, as well as for those with type 2 diabetes. Recently, several large studies added support for the long-term health benefits of a Mediterranean plan of eating.
Mediterranean Food

Mediterranean Food

People in a Utah study who followed Mediterranean principles of eating had a cognitive score equal to that of someone three years younger, indicating better brain function. The Mediterranean diet plus olive oil has grabbed the headlines in another recent study, showing the eating plan may have a protective role in reducing risk of breast cancer. Other studies show longer life, reduced cardiac risk, and fewer chronic illnesses, as well as healthier aging for those following this bountiful eating plan. Penn State Extension educators developed Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to PA based on a work/study in the Mediterranean region – explore the cuisine, culture, cooking, and researched health benefits of the Mediterranean Lifestyle!

Four weekly sessions offer “tastings” of olive oils, greens, and cheeses, an exploration of the wine industry and products in PA, visits by local food producers and growers with their products, plus cooking and health presentations on how to implement the lifestyle right here in Central Pennsylvania, using foods available to us that are fresh and local! Come prepared for fun, fellowship and great experiences! Go home with newfound knowledge and know-how for better health!

Penn State Extension’s “Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to PA” program introduces the idea that we can use the rich assortment of products and foods available right here in Central Pennsylvania to have healthy Mediterranean-style meals. Classes are offered weekly for 4 weeks; each session offers knowledge base, a food focus, plus a tasting session of different Mediterranean types of foods and recipes; group activities, and the chance to meet and talk with local food producers and sample their products. Visit a local wine tasting room for the scoop on PA produced wines, and more!

Classes run Mondays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM on: May 9, 16, 23, and June 6 at the Cumberland County Service Center at 310 Allen Road, Carlisle. An optional wine tasting activity will be held on June 13, 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Castlerigg Wine Shop in Carlisle.

The registration fee of $80 includes the four sessions, recipe and lifestyle book, handouts, and food supplies for food tastings. The instructor for the course will be Nancy Routch, RD, LDN, Nutrition Educator for Penn State Extension.

You may register for the classes by contacting the Cumberland County Extension office at (717) 240-6500 from 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday or register online. Click on Upcoming Events on the left side and scroll down to the Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to PA class by start date. Class enrollment is limited.