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Spectrum Health to open Lifestyle Medicine practice at GR’s Downtown Market
Spectrum Health is opening a new Lifestyle Medicine Practice in January at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids.

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital update
Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is again partnering with District Health Department No. 10 and Lifestyle Medicine at Spectrum Health to bring culinary medicine to Mason and Oceana County residents. Two virtual sessions will be available, focusing on the powerful influence food has on health. This year, Zoom will be the virtual platform used for the classes.

Kids can sign up for free cooking, nutrition classes with St. Joe’s Ann Arbor
The program also offers lessons on using food as medicine and a chance to gain an understanding of caring for food insecure families.

The Food as Medicine Movement Is Gaining Momentum in Dallas
Dr. Jaclyn Albin is an internist and pediatrician at UT Southwestern and the associate program director for the internal medicine/pediatrics residency program.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to host free cooking classes, nutrition program for teens.
Our colleagues at St. Joseph’s Mercy in Ann Arbor are launching community cooling classes.

Lily Nedda Dastmalchi, D.O., M.A. is an internal medicine resident physician at The George Washington University and a contributor to the ABC News Medical Unit. She crafted a story on Mediterranean diet benefits for ABC News this month.

The team at Tulane University School of Medicine and the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine were included in the publication of the American Medical Group Association Obesity Care Collaborative Model. This was a three-year initiative that set out to create a reliable and universally accepted care model for the diagnosis and delivery of care to patients with obesity.

Dr. Ileana Vargas at Columbia University continues her monthly newsletter at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Dr. Ileana Vargas, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, specializes in the treatment of children with diabetes and children with obesity. Dr. Vargas’ research interests are in the cause, treatment and prevention of childhood obesity. Dr. Vargas is a graduate of Fordham University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Spectrum Health to open Lifestyle Medicine practice at GR’s Downtown Market
Spectrum Health is launching a lifestyle medicine clinic in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market and expanding their Culinary Medicine offerings.

Jennifer Trilk and the team at University of South Carolina Greenville have launched a great video reviewing the benefits of their lifestyle and Culinary Medicine programming. This is one of the most extensive offerings at a medical school in the country.

What is culinary medicine and why do we need it?
Dr. Nisha Narang and Dr Nisha Patel have written a great column for about the importance of Culinary Medicine for our patients.

Heather Nace leads the program at Tulane University and was interviewed on balancing dietary choices during the holidays in this great YouTube video: Balance of Indulgence and Health During the Holidays

What is Culinary Lifestyle and Medicine?
Chef AJ interviews Dr.Dr. Jennifer Trilk, Chef Scott Roark and Hayn Jackson from the University of South Carolina Greenville.


Spectrum Health expanding culinary medicine at Downtown Market, launching specialty practice
Spectrum Health is leasing space in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market to expand its culinary medicine programming and launch a lifestyle medicine specialty practice.

The coronavirus pandemic has taken the UTHSC College Medicine’s Culinary Medicine course out of the kitchen on campus where it is traditionally taught, but the cooking and nutrition instruction has continued. Susan Warner, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education in the UTHSC College of Medicine, continued the course remotely with the help of technology. More >>>

My Culinary Voice: Dr. Jonathan Waitman
Two years ago I began to think about ways to marry my love of cooking with medical education. I partnered with another attending physician at Cornell, Dr. Swana de Gijsel, and created an elective called Culinary Medicine.

My Culinary Voice: Dr. Swana de Gijsel
Over the last three years we have been teaching students from Cornell and Columbia. Without hesitation I would rank those sessions among the most fulfilling teaching moments in my career. Not only do students leave each session with a big smile on their faces, they are reenergized by the knowledge they gained in this innovative way of experiential learning inside a kitchen, cutting, cooking, smelling, tasting, eating and lastly communicating how this food can fit in diets for them and their patients.

Healthy Eating Series by Chefs De Cuisine San Diego. Dr. Sabrina Falquier Montgrain has helped create this fantastic culinary educational program for 6 through 9th graders through a foundation that she is involved with. Check out the teaser trailer here: More info »

Doctor’s orders: Culinary medicine approach can help during coronavirus pandemic
“It is a new, evidence-based field in medicine that blends the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine,” she said of the study of culinary medicine. “It is the practice of helping patients use nutrition and good cooking habits to restore and maintain health. It offers a simple approach to understand how food and cooking relate to personal health, habits and health care goals.”

Culinary Medicine program at Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health’s culinary medicine program began Tuesday, and the next session Oct. 20 with registration underway. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital partnered with District Health Department No. 10 and Culinary Medicine at Spectrum… More info »

A Recipe for Health
Medical students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are learning some of their most important lessons in the kitchen. More info »

Gift to University of Vermont Honors Beloved UVM Professor
Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Rosenfeld ’74 characterizes her father, Dr. Albert Smith, as an important and visionary leader, a beloved professor and advisor, and a tireless champion of quality teaching for UVM students. More info »

At University at Buffalo Medical students ditch their white coats for chef’s coats

A new, interprofessional course being taught this month to UB medical students doesn’t take place in a lab or a classroom. Instead, it’s happening in the Culinary Arts department kitchens of SUNY Erie Community College. More info »

PCOM’s culinary medicine course prepares future physicians
Students at PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie are learning the importance of nutrition in the medical field. More info>>>

DC doctors, patients learning to cook with ‘Mediterranean’ diet to help chronic conditions
George Washington University Medical School in D.C. has become the first in the region to roll out a program aimed at educating doctors and community members to consider food as medicine. More info>>>

Better Health Through Better Eating
Dr. Sarita Golikeri, MD shares some important food for thought about the influence diet has on many chronic conditions. More info »

Sharp Rees-Stealy Santee Virtual Open House
A virtual open house will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a virtual tour, Ask-the-Doctor sessions, a cooking demo featuring our culinary medicine physician, Dr. Angelica Neison. More info »

Doctor’s orders: Culinary medicine approach can help during coronavirus pandemic
Sabrina Falquier Montgrain is a doctor of internal medicine with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group and is certified in culinary medicine, providing nutritional education and cooking demonstrations in her volunteer work. More info »


Brightwater, UAMS Northwest Test New Culinary Medicine Curriculum – KUAF

Students dish out new approaches to nutrition with culinary medicine program – McGovern Medical School

Culinary Medicine: A Recipe for Better Health – USNews

Food as Medicine – TaylorHub – Tulane University ChangeMakers

UAMS is developing program to teach patients about nutrition – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Culinary Medicine Expert Visits UAMS, Sees Recipe for Success – University of Arkansas School of Medicine

‘Introduction to Culinary Medicine’ course designed to get medical students into kitchen – University of New Mexico

Doctors in the

The Doctor Is Cooking – NYTimes

UCF medical school starts culinary medicine course – University of Central Florida, Orlando Sentinel

Med students take a spin in the kitchen to teach healing through food – WYFF

Can Cooking Classes Keep Chronic Heart Failure Patients Out Of The Hospital? – NPR


Doctors schooled in nutrition – Spectrum Health HealthBeat

Why Spectrum Health is teaching doctors about nutrition, cooking – Grand Rapids News

Spectrum health in Grand Rapids launches culinary medicine program for residents – Michigan State University Extension


Cooking With Your Doctor: The New Culinary Medicine – NPR


If Doctors Learned To Cook, They Might Give Better Advice – KQED/NPR


Culinary Medicine: Tulane’s Med School Whips Up a “Teaching Kitchen” – WGNO

Ian McNulty: Flavorful and healthy all in one spot – The New Orleans Advocate

Prominent chefs lend a hand for Goldring Center

The Future of Medicine Is in the Kitchen – HuffPost UK

How Medical Industry Changes Are Shaping Curriculums – U.S. News and World Report

Inside the Culinary Medical Program at Tulane University – Bon Appetit

Here’s a video from our colleague Dr. Anne VanBeber on their new program at Texas Christian University, based on the model created by Chef Leah and Dr. Harlan!

Food Not Pills: Medical Schools Embrace Nutritional Training –



Tulane University Medical Students to Don Chef Jackets. –

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