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Skip the Hot Spots—Visit These 10 Lesser-Known Greek Islands Instead

Venture outside of Mykonos and Santorini to these underrated Greek islands.

Skip the Hot Spots—Visit These 10 Lesser-Known Greek Islands Instead

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Philadelphia Icarians Celebrate 85th Anniversary

Over 600 people attended the annual Apokriatiko dance Gala, held by the Philadelphia chapter of the Pan Icarian Brotherhood on Saturday, March 16. The event took place at the Danielle Kousoulis Center in Cherry Hill, NJ. The Icarian Apokriatiko Dance is known for its length, and this year, it lasted almost 10 hours, concluding well after 5 am.

Philadelphia Icarians Celebrate 85th Anniversary

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People in World’s ‘Blue Zones’ Live Longer – Their Diet Could Hold the Key to Why

Ageing is an inevitable part of life, which may explain our strong fascination with the quest for longevity. The allure of eternal youth drives a multi-billion pound industry ranging from anti-ageing products, supplements and diets for those hoping to extend their lifespan....

People in World’s ‘Blue Zones’ Live Longer – Their Diet Could Hold the Key to Why

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The Mystery of Longevity on Ikaria Island, Greece

Ikaria is a beautiful island located in the eastern Aegean, may look like any number of other Greek islands, but there is one vital difference—people there live much longer than the population on the mainland or even on other Greek islands.
In fact, people on Ikaria live on average ten years longer than those in the rest of Europe and the United States. Approximately one in three Ikarians lives into their nineties.

They not only live longer, however, but better, as well—at least where it concerns their health.
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The Tiny Island in Greece With the Oldest Life Expectancy in the World

Ikaria, a tiny island in the Aegean sea, is known as a blue zone, a special place where life expectancy is much higher than the rest of the world. We travel there to explore just what it is that makes the island so special.
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Greek event returns for first time since pandemic

CLEVELAND — Tina Fouts is proud of where she comes from in Greece and is happy to be in an area where her heritage is celebrated. "I am from a small island called Ikaria," Fouts said. "And right now, I think most people, if they know Ikaria, [it is] because it is a blue zones [sic].”

Greek event returns for first time since pandemic

“They attribute it to the food, the socialization, just, you know, having a sense of purpose," Fouts said about why her island earned this title. Having a sense a purpose in life is why the teacher said she loves being Greek so much.
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Pittsburgh Turns Blue for Greece’s Bicentennial!

1821-2021: The world turns Greek on March 25th for Greece’s Bicentennial. In every corner of the globe where members of the Greek Diaspora are present, the anniversary will be marked. Iconic landmarks from the U.S., Australia, South Africa and Latin America, will be illuminated in blue and white in honor of the Greek people and their struggle for freedom 200 years ago.

Pittsburgh Turns Blue for Greece’s Bicentennial!

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Daily Mail UK: It's Love Island for oldies 2019

JANE FRYER discovers the secrets of tiny Greek island Ikaria where people live longer than anywhere on earth 2019

Daily Mail UK 2019

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Greece's Greek Reporter 2019

Ikaria, An Island Of Many Myths

Greek Reporter 2019

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2015

A Get-Together, Ikarian-Style: Meet You in Pittsiburgo

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2015

 
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Ikaria Mag 2016

AEGEAN: Ask Nicholas whatever you want to about Ikaria! (in Greek)  July 13, 2016

Ikaria Mag 2016

 
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BlueZones.com

"Travel with us to [Ikaria] in the northern Aegean Sea to determine exactly why this place became home to some of the longest living people in the world."

http://www.ikariamag.gr/

 
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GreekAmericanChamber.com

Greek American Chamber focused on the greater Philadelphia area and New Jersey  

GreekAmericanChamber.com

 
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Island-Ikaria.com

The Complete Guide to Ikaria, Greece  island-ikaria.com

Island-Ikaria.com

 
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Philadelphia Icarians Celebrate 85th Anniversary, Hold Apokriatiko Dance

CHERRY HILL, NJ – The Philadelphia chapter of the Pan-Icarian Brotherhood held its annual Apokriatiko Dinner-Dance Gala on March 16 at the Danielle Kousoulis Center in Cherry Hill, NJ. The event was and over 600 people came from near and far to celebrate. The Icarian Apokriatiko Dance is known for its length and this year it reportedly surpassed all previous events, continuing for almost 10 hours and concluding well after 5 in the morning.

Philadelphia Icarians Celebrate 85th Anniversary, Hold Apokriatiko Dance

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Historic Visit from Metropolitan Apostolos Highlights Federation’s 2024 Vasilopita Tradition

On January 11, 2024, the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley, along with the Pan Icarian Brotherhood’s Philadelphia Chapter “Atheras,” organized a dinner and this year’s vasilopita event for all churches and organizations in the Delaware Valley.

Historic Visit from Metropolitan Apostolos Highlights Federation’s 2024 Vasilopita Tradition

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ARTICLE ON 2023 DANCE FROM EKIRIKAS.COM

ΝΕΑ ΥΟΡΚΗ. Τα τελευταία δύο Σαββατοκύριακα πραγματοποιήθηκε με μεγάλη επιτυχία ο φθινοπωρινός χορός της Πανικαριακής Αδελφότητας της Νέας Υόρκης και της Νέας Ικαρίας από το Πορτ Τζέφερσον, με τη συμμετοχή υπέροχων εγχώριων καλλιτεχνών, αλλά και του εξαίρετου καλλιτέχνη Νίκου Φάκαρου, ερχόμενου από την ιδιαίτερη πατρίδα, την Ικαρία.

ARTICLE ON 2023 DANCE FROM EKIRIKAS.COM

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Organic Spa Magazine (5-page feature story titled "Be in the (Blue) Zone")

Blue Zone Ikaria Pages 41-45
Excerpt: "I have been going to my ancestral island every summer - Ikaria - since I was 13 years old," says New Yorker Chrissa Lefes. "I would stay in the hotel my grandfather built along the coastline of the Aegean Sea, and visit my grandfather in his home in the mountains - a home that I have since inherited and have been renovating with great love and passion. Ikaria has a deep, deep sense of community. The elderly are not only involved in every aspect of family life, but they are revered as integral members of Ikarian society."
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Ikaria, A Stunning Greek Island of Many Myths

Ikaria is a well-known Greek island located in the eastern Aegean sea. Ikaria is home to a rich history dating back to antiquity, as well as countless natural wonders...
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CNN Travel "Best for nature lovers: Ikaria"

This rugged, wing-shaped island on the cusp of the Cyclades and named for Icarus – the son of Daedalus who fled from Crete, got too close to the sun and tumbled into the sea just offshore – has gained fame for the longevity of its residents. Their diet, strong community and daily exercise mean Ikarian men are four times as likely as American men to reach the age of 90, according to a study by the University of Athens Medical School. The 99-square mile island is basically one large mountain, peaking in the central Pramnos-Atheras range. For such a small area, the geographic variation is astounding – Ikaria has rivers and tiny lakes, high forests of pine and oak, and hills at every turn that combine to make Ikaria an Elysian Field for outdoor buffs.
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Thespis of Icaria: The Ancient Greek That Invented Acting

Aristotle of Ancient Greece gave much to human history. Yet, that legacy includes far more than just philosophy, for the famed polymath gifted us Thespis of Icaria as well, a name that might otherwise have been forgotten.

Thespis of Icaria: The Ancient Greek That Invented Acting

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The 4 Types of Bread the Longest-Living People on the Planet Eat Every Day

The five Blue Zones, which represent the regions of the world where people tend to live the longest and have the highest quality of life, include Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California.
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The 117th Pan-Icarian Supreme Convention Reconnects in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH – After a year off, the first Pan-Icarian Supreme Convention since the 2019 Detroit event, was held in Cleveland September 4-6. A great deal of credit was given to the Cleveland Chapter for all their hard work putting together a very successful conference for all the visiting attendees and delegates from around the country.
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CBS Sunday Morning 2019

Ikarian honey, the nectar of longevity.

On this Greek island, where life expectancy is among the highest in the world, residents credit the local honey. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

CBS Sunday Morning 2019

On this Greek island, where life expectancy is among the highest in the world, residents credit the local honey. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.
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 Reuters 2019

Ancient shipwrecks found in Greek waters tell tale of trade routes 
 
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ABC News: Video via National Geographic 2009

Video: National Geographic writer and Quest leader Dan Buettner announces the next Blue Zone: Ikaria, Greece!   
 
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Hellenic News 2003

Icarians: The Joy of Giving Back. November 17, 2003
 
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Pittsburgh Post Gazette Aug 25th, 2003

U.S. Ikarians heading to city for 'family reunion'
 
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Book by Nicholas Karapetis

Icarian History Excerpts from 1935 book by Nicholas Karapetis (in Greek).  
 

Greeks In Foreign Cockpits

 

Pittsburgh Business Times 2004

In an article published in the Pittsburgh Business Times (Jan 30-Feb 5, 2004), ranking the 25 Largest 2003 Pittsburgh-Area Conventions

Pittsburgh Business Times 2004

The Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America's Annual Meeting ranked 8th. The ranking was based on rooms booked at the Hilton Hotel, where our Centennial Celebration was held. If the spillover hotel (Westin) had also been taken into consideration, our ranking would have been much higher.

Illuminator 2003

Newspaper of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, September - December 2003

Pittsburgh Business Times 2004

The Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America's Annual Meeting ranked 8th. The ranking was based on rooms booked at the Hilton Hotel, where our Centennial Celebration was held. If the spillover hotel (Westin) had also been taken into consideration, our ranking would have been much higher.

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