Theodora Kalegerakou

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Theodora Kalogerakou is a graduate of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she was 4th on the list of the successful candidates admitted. She is an Honours Student in the specialization of Therapeutic Gymnastic- Adapted Physical Education. Her dissertation was titled “The Role of Exercise in the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis”. In 2001, on a scholarship, she obtained the postgraduate degree in Human Performance and Health, following the two-year completion of studies of the Interdepartmental Post-Graduate Program of Studies of: the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Physical Education Science and Sports, the Democritus University of Thrace Faculty of Physical Education Science and Sports in the specialization of Physical Activity and Special Populations. The subject of her postgraduate dissertation is “The Effect of Aerobic Exercise in the Function of the Autonomic Nervous System in Patients with Chronic Cardiac Insufficiency”. She was retrained during her studies in the Faculty of Medicine of the Karolinska Institute, as part of the Socrates program, in rehabilitation and nutritional evaluation of athletes, chronic diseases and geriatric patients’ programs in Karolinska Sjukhuset Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden and in Lowenstromska Sjukhuset Hospital in Upplands Vasby, Sweden. Her research activities were successful under the supervision of the Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Karolinska Institutet, Naomi Clyne. Her dissertation was titled “The effects of exercise training on skeletal muscle and nutritional status in patients with chronic renal failure and in elderly patients”. In September 2014, she participated with a study in Boston, at the conference for Mediterranean Diet and the significance of Greek Cuisine, which was organized by the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA), Department of Environmental Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program. The Harvard School of Public Health, The Initiative for Productivity and Health Management certifies the successful completion of the training activity titled “Mediterranean Diet and Workplace Health”. The title of her study presented in a poster is “Med Diet; Quality Standards for Eating areas and restaurants”. In February 2015, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Executive and Continuing Professional Education, certifies her successful participation in the training conference “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives: Caring for Our Patients”, at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Napa Valley, California (sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley California). It is certified that the purpose of the conference is the title of role-model coach for a healthy lifestyle. In June 2015, the Health Plate was published, which was developed by specialized nutritional scientists of the School of Public Health of Harvard University (Boston, MA), as well as from the editors of the Harvard Health Publications and it constitutes a guide for the creation of healthy and balanced meals. The translation and publication in Greek, with all legal rights was performed by a researcher of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Theodora Kalogerakou (HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-THE NUTRITION SOURCE (www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource) – HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL-HARVARD HEALTH PUBLICATIONS (www.health.harvard.edu): Health Plate Maria Korre, Theodora Kalogerakou, June 2015).

 

In July-September 2015 she was in Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, where under the supervision of Professor Stefanos Kales, she worked as a Research Assistant with the main research area being the significance of Mediterranean Diet in Health. From their collaboration during that period the scientific article was published in Occupational Medicine Forum-JOEM, with Theodora Kalogerakou’s name listed second as co-author in the publication. JOEM (Journal of American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) Vol. 58, Number 3, March 2016: “What is the Mediterranean Diet and how can it be used to promote Workplace Health”. Answered by Maria Korre, Theodora Kalogerakou, Mercedes Sotos-Prieto, Stefanos N. Kales, MD, MPH, Professor- Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

 

Her research studies focus on the nutritional treatment and rehabilitation of chronic cardiac insufficiency, of metabolic bone diseases, of adipocytes and chronic renal failure. She has more than 90 presentations in conferences in Greece and abroad. In April 2016 she was honoured for her contribution in promoting the Mediterranean Diet and Gastronomic Tourism by the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus and Islands.

 

She has worked as a paid Scientific Associate and Head of the Program for the Rehabilitation of Patients with Chronic Renal Failure, of the Hygeia, Nephrology and Kidney Dialysis Unit, diet-exercise and health consultant in Programs of the General Secretariat for Sports: “Sports for Everyone-Health Education”, health education consultant and speaker in educational seminars on nutritional education topics in collaboration with the Piraeus Metropolitan Cathedral, Physical Education Teacher in Special Schools and in Programs of the General Secretariat for Sports, since 1994 in programs of Therapeutic Gymnastics in Institutes and Rehabilitation Centers for Persons with Disabilities in Athens and Thessaloniki and since 1998 she is working as a professor in Gastronomy Schools and Institutes of Hotel and Tourism Studies, where her main research interest is the significance of Nutrition as a factor of Culture and Health and promoting the Greek Gastronomic Culture (For 3 consecutive years she has organized seminars on the subject of “Ancient Greek Diet”, “Hippocrates’ Diet ,’Religious Cuisines”). Since 2014, she is a member of the Hellenic Anti-Aging Academy and speaker-consultant of Health Education and Well-Being conferences and events organized by the academy. The last five years she collaborates with the Hellenic Physicists’ Association as a speaker in scientific events organized by the Association. She is a PhD Candidate at the Panteion University, on the subject Public Health Systems.