WASHINGTON, DC, USA - The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable organized its first Ambassadors’ Breakfast at the (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,) connecting a wealth of embassies such as: Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Malta and Albania. Presented by renowned Harvard scholar, Dr. Immaculata De Vivo, MPH, PhD, Ken Toong, Executive Director of UMass Auxiliary Enterprises/UMassDining, whose food service operation has been ranked #1 in the nation and has earned countless national and international awards and recognitions, and hospital’s food service expert, Dr. Angelo Mojica, the presentation clearly explained as the Mediterranean Diet can become a delicious solution to the current healthcare outlook in America: about 36% of the adult population is in fact overweight, which leads to a significant number of risk factors in illness such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more.
The MDR aims to become then a driving force in the repositioning of Mediterranean-inspired products (of national and international manufacture) with a competitive market-driven edge, structuring ongoing partnerships with retail grocers, foodservice distributors, restaurant chains, foodservice operators (hospitals, care centers, etc.), universities, culinary schools, the media, and several other partners.
“We want to bring the message to the different Mediterranean Countries that the MDR is promoting,” said Daniela Puglielli, founder of the MDR, adding “It is an important moment to create new opportunities for international trade, and to understand the link between health, territories and best practices.” Among the esteemed attendees there were H.E. Haris Lalacos, Ambassador of Greece, who welcomed the audience, and H.E. Pierre Clive Agius, Ambassador of Malta in the U.S. Also Congressman Robert Aderholt also stopped by to visit. The event was sponsored by Barilla, Olivio, NAOOA, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, Order of AHEPA, American Hellenic Institute, and the International Trade Center of Washington DC.
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