Event at UN on Cretan diet

Event at UN on Cretan diet

A Greek, specifically a Cretan event is due to take place at the UN's headquarters on Thursday evening as part of celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Union of Crete with Greece.

The Pancretan Association of America (PAA) in cooperation with Greece's Permanent Delegation at the UN, will be organising a scientific symposium on the theme of "The CRETAN NUTRITION: Crete's 100 Years of Contribution to Better Nutrition and Healthy Living.”

According to the former president of the PAA and responsible for the Centennial events, Manolis Velivasakis, "the aim of the symposium is to highlight the traditional Cretan Diet as a model of the Mediterranean diet and as being an ideal diet for health and longevity. At the same time, the event envisages to promote the island's rich agricultural production and excellent quality of products."

New Democracy party deputy, former foreign minister and head of the Greek delegation at the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, Dora Bakoyannis and distinguished Greek American writer Hari Mark Petrakis will be the recipients of the PAA's "Venizelio" and "Kazantzakio" awards, respectively, at Friday's event in Queens, New York, to be attended by a number of American politicians and members of the Greek expatriate community.

The Greek Diet and its benefits for health were also presented at an event held on Wednesday at the U.S. Congress, organised by the Greek Embassy in Washington in cooperation with the offices of deputies Joseph Crowley, Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney.