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In August 2013, the Center for the Study of Human Health and Emory Campus Dining formalized the partnership that they have built over the past few years with the introduction of the Healthy Eating Partners Program at Dobbs Market. Led by senior Peer Health Partners Brooke Woodward and Kylie McKenzie, the program aims to educate students who dine at Dobbs Market to make informed choices as they create their plates. This includes education on general nutrition as well as advertising the healthy options Dobbs offers. By creating a dialogue between students, dining services, and Emory's academic community the Healthy Eating Partners help students create healthy eating habits grounded in the science of health that will stick with them throughout college and beyond.
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Students visit Dr. Quave in Basilicata province, Italy to learn about traditional medicine practices
This week Dr. Cassandra Quave and students from Emory University's study abroad program in Italy were highlighted by eScience Commons. The students recently visited Dr. Quave at her field site in the Vulture-Alto Brandano region of Basilicata province to learn more about the traditional medical practices of the Arbereshe ethnic minority in Italy who came to the region five centuries ago from Albania during the Ottoman invasion of their homeland.
Read more about their trip and Dr. Quave's work with the Arbereshe on the eScience Commons blog. To see photo's of the visit, please visit this Flickr page.
The Emory University Italian Studies Program, in collaboration with the Emory School of Medicine, Emory Center for Ethics, and Emory Center for the Study of Human Health offered an interdisciplinary course in Italian and Medical Humanities this summer. On June 15th, 2013, Dr. Cassandra Quave of Emory CSHH hosted the course participants and guests for a day of immersion in the traditional life-ways of the village of Ginestra, located in the Basilicata province in southern Italy. The group began the morning with a guided plant walk in the countryside surrounding the village, where they learned about the ethnobotanical importance of local plants. Next, they visited a local vineyard, where they learned about cultivated food plants and ate fresh mulberries off of the tree. In the shade of a grove of walnut trees, they were treated to a rare demonstration of how locals use dogs to hunt wild truffles.
Upon return the village, they enjoyed additional demonstrations in traditional ricotta cheese making and basket weaving. They visited the church of San Nicola, where they learned about the Albanian heritage of this small village and heard about the daily agro-pastoralist life from a 4th generation shepherd. The group then enjoyed a buffet of traditional local foods, including handmade pasta, bean soup, fried peppers, cured sausages, olives, local breads, local wines (including the Aglianico wine typical to this region of Italy), and a variety of local desserts. Lastly, the group visited the Borgo dei Sapori in Ginestra, which is a museum that documents the traditional means of wine making, oil pressing, medicinal plant processing, and wheat harvesting used historically in this territory.
We extend our deep thanks to the local government administration, linguistic institute, and cultural organization for organizing the luncheon and demonstrations of traditional life-ways for the students. We also thank the community of Ginestra as a whole for their hospitality and for sharing their cultural heritage with us.
Visit this website to view more photos of the day.
Emory undergraduate Sandy Jiang recently presented the results of her summer research project at the SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory) research symposium. The SURE program provides research training opportunities for undergraduate students over the summer break. Sandy completed her research under the supervision of Dr. Cassandra Quave and the Center for the Study of Human Health. Sandy’s research project, entitled “A Comparison of Traditional Food and Health Strategies among Taiwanese and Chinese Immigrants in Atlanta”, examined traditional knowledge and practices related to food and health . Sandy plans to continue work on this project in the fall and submit a manuscript for publication.
Abstract from the study:
Introduction: Traditional knowledge (TK) systems can play a crucial role in local health strategies and outcomes, especially among migrant communities. The aims of this study are to (1) compare traditional knowledge and practices related to food and health of Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants in metro Atlanta; (2) evaluate how immigrants adapt to new medicinal frameworks; and (3) document the use of medicinal foods and local substitutes as they relate to human health in these communities.
Methods: Snowball sampling techniques were used to recruit 50 adult informants (≥ 18 years-old) from the Chinese and Taiwanese immigrant communities in metro Atlanta for participation in semi-structured interviews and structured surveys regarding the use of the local flora for medicinal and food purposes. Standard ethnobotanical methods were employed and prior informed consent was obtained for all study participants. Voucher specimens of quoted species were collected for deposit at the Emory University Herbarium.
Results: A total of 44 medicinal and/or “healthy” food plants were cited by informants as being central to their traditional health practices. Taiwanese were more likely to use Eastern medicine, plant their own food gardens, believe in the concepts of Yin and Yang, and use certain medicinal foods more than their Chinese counterparts.
Conclusions: TK concerning medical and nutritional practices of immigrant communities represents a fundamental aspect to the study of human health. Results from studies focused on the documentation and analysis of local health strategies can be used to facilitate better communication, bridging the gap between biomedical healthcare providers and users of Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) strategies in immigrant communities.
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