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.
Students will enroll in FAM 455: Family, the Consumer & Culture in Korea and study family relations, healthy food and school menus, fashion and consumption patterns, older adult care in Myeong-dong, South Korea. Visiting sites and experiences provide students an important opportunity to compare and contrast family relations, food, clothing and culture, and to better understand family and consumer issues from the cultural and global perspective.