Health meets Food: the Culinary Medicine Curriculum



The Culinary Medicine Conference 2021

June 4 – June 6, 2021
Virtual Event

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The Culinary Medicine Specialist Board is pleased to announce the 7th annual Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference.

Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York UniversityOur Keynote Speaker this year is Dr. Marion Nestle. Dr. Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor, of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she officially retired in September 2017. Her blog Food Politics explores the food, the food industry, politics and policy.

This year’s conference will offer a combination of hands-on cooking modules focused on helping transform the clinical experience, culinary skills-building sessions, evidence-based presentations and panel discussions.

The conference will take place June 4 through June 6, 2020 online using a virtual conference platform that will allow for the full conference experience. The overarching theme of this year’s conference is culture change: how do we help change attitudes about food and health amongst our patients, colleagues and policy makers.

Take advantage of the early bird discount and discounts for those in academic medicine and students by registering now.

The Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist (CCMS) Program

The Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist (CCMS) designation identifies clinicians who have a unique foundation for incorporating healthy eating into patients’ diets: comprehensive knowledge of nutrition and the culinary techniques to prepare food that is consistent with real-world budgets, time constraints, and nutritional ideals. Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Pharmacists, Registered Dietitians and Nurse Practitioners are eligible for certification.The hybrid 60-credit curriculum includes a distinctive combination of online nutrition education courses, live conferences, and in-person attendance at hands-on teaching kitchen modules.By completing the program, clinicians will enhance their confidence and quality of care by learning how to:

  • Integrate nutritional counseling to supplement pharmacological treatment
  • Educate patients about weight loss and weight management
  • Develop practical examination-room dialogues that inspire behavioral change
  • Implement new strategies in even the busiest primary care offices

2021 Virtual Poster Session

Traditionally we have held our yearly poster session at the Culinary Medicine Conference.  For 2020 we were delighted to be able to gather for The Culinary Medicine Conference Poster Sesson.

We will hold a poster session again in September via Zoom and our deadline for submission will be in mid-July.  Our Co-Chairs for the poster review will be Dr. Canneralla Lorenzetti and Dr. Carrie Gordon.

The Health meets Food Research team is now accepting applications for Faculty, Resident and/or Student Posters for the HMF Poster Session or Research Conference to be held on September 17, 2021.  The conference will be virtual, and all accepted posters will be presented briefly (4 minutes/poster) during the conference, followed by virtual break-out discussions organized by poster themes. Links to the posters with their abstracts will be maintained on the HMF website.

This is the opportunity to showcase how your site has utilized Culinary Medicine in teaching and patient intervention and for others to learn of the outcomes in your location. Show attendees the many ways in which culinary medicine has been taught, appreciated and used in your patient and student population. Student submissions are highly encouraged.

Poster submissions will be peer-reviewed for academic content and interest by the HMF Research Committee.  In addition to publication of your poster and abstract on the website and ability to present the work at the conference, we will evaluate all contributions for the best 2021 contribution. Our judging methods will include evaluation of relevance of the study question, choice of methodology, soundness of results and conclusions, replicability, effectiveness of poster display and importance of the contribution of work accomplished with regard to advancing the field of culinary medicine in education.  The winner of this evaluation process will receive free admission to the 2022 annual HMF conference.

Please copy form, complete and submit in Word format. Include a 150 word summary of this activity which will be posted on the Health meets Food website (if accepted) with your actual poster.

Click here for the Poster Submission Form: Poster Submission Form

Email your completed application to [email protected]

You can see last year’s posters here:

Open Spots Available in the online hands-on COMMUNITY cooking classes offered by The George Washington University Culinary Medicine Program.

This 6-week Adult Beginner Series is held on Tuesday evenings, 5:00-7:30pm EDT beginning Tuesday January 26th. All classes will be held online using Zoom. Email [email protected] to SIGN UP NOW with your name and phone number.

The free cooking classes are open to the public and geared towards community members. Participants will learn to cook healthy, delicious recipes and learn basic nutrition concepts such as building a healthy meal, eating on a budget, meal planning, and how to cross-utilize leftovers. Class members prepare different recipes each week and learn about how to make terrific, delicious food that just happens to be good for you!

January 26th Mediterranean Diet, Introduction to Cooking and Reading Recipes
February 2nd Macronutrients, Mediterranean Diet: Dairy, Breakfast and Understanding Nutrition Labels
February 9th Mediterranean Diet: Vegetables, Portion Sizes and Lunch
February 16th Mediterranean Diet: Legumes, Good Shopping Habits and Delectable Dinners
February 23rd Carbohydrates, Mediterranean Diet: Fruits and Nuts, Snacking and Desserts, Sweeteners and Rethink Your Drink
March 2nd Mediterranean Diet: Fats and Cholesterol

If you are interested in attending the virtual classes starting January 26th please email [email protected] to confirm your spot.

Please Note: These classes are geared toward the community. If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, RN, NP, RD, PharmD, CDE, etc) and interested in attending a culinary medicine class, please see our schedule of CME classes.