The Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Thank you to University of South Carolina first lady Patricia Moore-Pastides, who visited our hospital for a special luncheon on November 19th to talk about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.

Lunch was provided using Mrs. Pastides’ recipes from her acclaimed Greek Revival cookbook.  The luncheon was part of diabetes education at Lexington Medical Center and a diabetes symposium. 


Mrs. Pastides holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale University School of Medicine.  With the help of the Carolina community, she wrote Greek Revival: Cooking for Life, a cookbook published by the University of South Carolina Press.  It contains 87 recipes and illustrates the health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.  Sales from the book support health and sustainability initiatives on campus.

Mrs. Pastides came to the Universityof South Carolinain 1998.  Her husband, Dr. Harris Pastides, is the 28th president of USC, elected by the university’s board of trustees on August 1, 2008.  Before serving as president, Dr. Pastides served as vice president for research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health.

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