The Roseto Effect
In the 1880's people from Roseto Valfortore a small village in Southern Italy immigrated to the United States. They ended up in Eastern Pennsylvania where they found work in the Slate Mines. They built their own town on the side of a mountain and eventually named it after their homeland and Roseto Pennsylvania was born.
Fast forward to the 1960's. A doctor serving the town happened to mention to another doctor that no one in the town seemed to have any heart disease. So the next thing you know, doctors descended upon the town to study the people.
Roseto, Valfortore, Italy
The first thing they studied was the obvious... the diet. But... what they found when they studied the Rosetan diet was that they ate cured salty meats, fatty cheeses, food fried in lard, were overweight and they smoked and drank... YET they were healthy and happy!
People in this town lived 3 generations under one roof. They had a life that was community, church and family centered. People spent time together, stopped and talked on their porches or while walking down the street. There was a true sense of community and belonging. No one was ever alone. They found that the Rosetans were nourished by each other.
Roseto, PA was built based on their traditions and way of life from their homeland Roseto Valfatore Italy. Many other Rosetan immigrants built very similar communities in towns like Akron and Cleveland Ohio, Washington DC and in Toronto, Canada.
The Roseto Effect is the phenomenon by which a close-knit community experiences a reduced rate of heart disease. BUT when you think about it...isn't it more than just that?
Dorina's Kitchen is reviving the Roseto Effect with cooking classes, trips to Italy and our Back to the Table Movement. Learn traditional ways to improve the quantity and quality of your relationships and enhance all the aspects of each day. Be inspired to live a longer healthier happier life.
Remember ....It's not JUST what we eat... but how we eat it. Together.