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.

Curriculum Update – Food Security Courseware

This week the Health meets Food team is excited to announce two new modules in the student courseware related to Food Security.

For current partner-sites the programming is loaded into the Professional Student Programming.  There is one module that covers the SNAP & WIC program and another covering food security issues in the elderly.  Four additional modules are under development and will be launched over the course of 2021 to offer a comprehensive look at this topic for your students including information about school lunch programs, the built environment and food deserts, and medically tailored meals and food bank programs.

Over the course of the next month the food security courseware will be added to the curriculum for the Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist program.  It will also be available to any healthcare professional for continuing education credits at no charge.  Academic medical centers will be offered the Health meets Food Food Security modules with a fee-free license.  Interested academic faculty can contact [email protected] for more information on how to offer the programming for their students, residents and faculty.

Free Culinary Medicine Continuing Medical Education

Health meets Food continuing medical education series provides health professionals (physicians, PAs, nurses, NPs, Pharmacists, CDEs) with evidence-based information on dietary education for patients.

Through educational grants from UnitedHealthcare and Vitamix the Health meets Food team is able to offer free continuing medical education credits.  The Health meets Food Webcasts are recordings of lectures from past Culinary Medicine conferences and offer up to one hour for each presentation.

Topics include obesity, inflammation and diet, inflammatory bowel disease and food insecurity.

More information and registration instructions at this link >>> Free CME

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: