UNC NRI Appetite for Life Seminar Series: The Mediterranean Diet

Join the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) at restaurant Forty Six for Appetite for Life with David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM and John Anderson, Ph.D. presenting The Mediterranean Diet: The Greeks Had It Right.  

Two experts on the benefits of consuming foods high in polyphenols present this month’s talk. Dr. John Anderson from UNC-Chapel Hill will provide an overview of the Mediterranean Diet, which is upheld in the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines as an example of an eating pattern that promotes good health, a healthy body weight, and disease prevention throughout the lifespan. The Mediterranean eating pattern is based on a variety of unprocessed plant foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds that are high in polyphenols. Polyphenols are plant molecules that have been linked to multiple health benefits, and many of them provide the brilliant colors found in fruits and vegetables.

Dr. David Nieman from the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus will explain the health advantages linked to high polyphenol intake. The high consumption of unprocessed plant foods by inhabitants of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea has been linked to multiple health and disease prevention benefits that are in large part due to a varied intake of polyphenols. Recent studies support that high versus low dietary polyphenol intake predicts reduced risk for neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and early death from all causes.

At Forty Six, enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink and be encouraged to participate with your questions and comments. It's Appetite for Life – with a twist!


5:30 p.m. - Doors open for networking and complimentary appetizers (cash bar available).

6 p.m. - Program begins, followed by audience Q&A.


Free parking is available in Cannon Village.

Forty Six
101 West Avenue
Kannapolis, NC 28081
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