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Culinary Medicine is a behavioral-based program designed to pair nutritional science with approachable culinary skill development. The goal of Spectrum Health’s Culinary Medicine program is twofold:
We offer several opportunities to experience Culinary Medicine including:
“I’ve completely revamped our pantry and food in our home. We’ve moved to a more fruit and vegetable based diet and all feel so much better and have more energy. This elective was a life changer!”
Culinary Medicine is an evidence-based specialty that aligns the development of hands-on culinary skills with medical nutrition knowledge. The purpose is to increase resident exposure to counseling and treating patients with diet related diseases, including but not limited to obesity, cardiovascular disease, neurocognition and cancer. During this elective, the link between diet and disease will be explored while learning to prepare and prescribe flavorful nutrient-dense food.
The hands-on learning format will be supplemented by lectures and interactive group projects intended to enhance resident knowledge regarding the impact that daily food choices, access to healthy food and barriers to behavior change can have on overall health. Finally, a team-oriented approach to patient care will be highlighted while working alongside professionals from other disciplines, including chefs and registered dietitians, who are integral for sustained dietary improvement in individual patients as well as the wider community.
The CHANGE study incorporates an innovative dietary intervention for patients with Class I and II heart failure. This program development and feasibility study is funded by the Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute pilot grant fund. The goal of this study is to:
FamilyKitchenRx is a quality improvement project funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund which aims to reduce the incidence and health impact of childhood obesity in underserved youth. The specific aims of this project include to:
This project is in collaboration with the Spectrum Health Pediatric, Family Medicine and Healthy Weight clinics, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities and our community partners at the Downtown Market, Community Food Club, YMCA Veggie Van and GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.
Education in Culinary Medicine for fellows highlights the importance of intensive lifestyle intervention in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease with relevance to various subspecialties. We are currently working with our fellows in Cardiovascular Medicine and the upcoming fellowship program in Women’s Health. Please contact Dr. Kristi Artz for more information about embedding Culinary Medicine training in your fellowship program.
“Beyond awesome is quite simply how I would describe you, your team and this program…your words of guidance as we translate this knowledge and experience beyond our personal lives to our patients. Thank you for all that you have done to make this the great program it is, and for allowing us this opportunity.”
- Dr. David Wohns
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