In September 2019, a group of multidisciplinary thought leaders convened at an exploratory seminar entitled: “Mediterranean Diet: Promotion and Dissemination of Healthy Eating”, hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. The faculty discussed best practices for translating traditional Mediterranean lifestyle principles to modern society. Over the last 60 years, robust evidence of many types, in a variety of settings, and in many countries have demonstrated the Mediterranean eating to be safe in both the short- and long-term while promoting health, quality of life, longevity and decreasing the risks of a wide variety of chronic illness. As a result, in the United States, the nutritional guidelines formally recognize and recommend the MedDiet as a healthy option for Americans.
The seminar participants addressed three main questions through their respective presentations and group discussions:
1. What are the most important challenges to healthy eating in modern society, and what strategies may overcome these barriers?
2. What are the best ways to promote MedDiet principles in workplaces, schools, hospitals, other institutions (e.g., the military) and the food service industry?
3. How can we best adapt traditional MedDiet to various ethnic and regional preferences across the US?
In the full narrative review, each of the questions above was summarized by respective presentations and best practices, responses and consensus recommendations were shared. To access the Full Research Article "Mediterranean diet – promotion and dissemination of healthy eating: proceedings of an exploratory seminar at the Radcliffe institute for advanced study" click here