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Hands-on semester abroad in Italy solidifies academic path for ASU nutrition major


Hands-on semester abroad in Italy solidifies academic path for ASU nutrition major
Arizona State University

Maggie Matzinger, a College of Health Solutions nutrition major at Arizona State University, has just completed her semester in Perugia, Italy where she participated in the Food and Sustainability Studies Program (FSSP) offered by the Umbra Institute, an American study abroad program, in partnership with the ASU Study Abroad Office.“Looking at this semester as a whole, every workshop and every field trip really showed us the Italian identity and let me experience the Mediterranean diet,” said Matzinger, who has learned to approach food and its nutritional value from new perspectives.Maggie Matzinger learned the cultural significance of truffles, and how to hunt them in the rolling hills of Umbria.Matzinger shared that she now views the Mediterranean diet as more of an American construct and that she learned a lot about developing a healthy lifestyle and sustainable living habits through the FSSP and its various accompanying workshops.

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