Through this course, students will learn how well-being, health and longevity stems from lifestyle and choices made along the life course. The Greek island of Ikaria was selected as the destination for this course because it is one of five areas designated as a “Blue Zone”, which is a place where people reach age 100 at rates up to 10 times greater than in the United States. The longevity of Ikarians is due in large part to their lifestyle, which centers around family, social connections, nutrition, physical activity and sense of purpose. Students will acquire unique insights regarding the Ikarian lifestyle through professional presentations, observation and dialogue with Ikarian residents. Outside of the scope of coursework, students will enhance their multicultural competency through site visits of historical, cultural, and contemporary significance. The travel component will also include three days in Athens, Greece.
Why is the French health care system often described as the best in the world? While one might assume that a country that drinks so much wine and enjoys so many pastries might struggle to maintain good health, quite the opposite is true. Discover how the people of France enjoy some of the best health outcomes in the world by taking and in depth look at their health care system, health care initiatives, and lifestyles.