EXPLORE COOKING UP HEALTH
Getting Docs and Kids
in the Kitchen
ABOUT COOKING UP HEALTH
Changing Healthcare, One Dish at a Time
The Culinary Medicine Course: Cooking Up Health (CUH) is an elective for health professional students developed by faculty from the Osher Center for Integrative Health at Northwestern University in partnership with the non-profit community organization Common Threads. Our CUH course is intended to expand students’ comfort in counseling patients in successful behavior change around nutrition and cooking, as well as develop skills for personal well-being. We’re passionate about promoting health and preventing disease through nutritious and delicious food. Want to find out more about how we can help you bring Cooking Up Health to your learning institution? Contact Us!
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Solving the obesity epidemic and its downstream health consequences depends on preventive efforts at the individual, community and public health level. Physicians and allied health professionals are at the frontline of advising patients on nutrition and weight; however there is currently a major knowledge gap:
Only 29% of US medical schools offer the recommended 25 hours of nutrition education
Over 4 years of medical school, the average number of hours devoted to nutrition is 19.6
MD/DO grads entering pediatric training scored on average 52% on a basic nutrition test
Just 14% of practicing physicians feel adequately trained in nutrition counseling
"This elective has demonstrated that there are a lot of different ways that I, as a future healthcare professional, can improve others' lives through changes in diet, and how those changes can be just as effective, if not more so, than what modern medicine can do."
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
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