Experiential Education and Extended Outreach for Expanded Impact

One year ago, this space was devoted to culinary medicine’s focus on patient-centered nutrition
and lifestyle behavior as one intervention toward whole health and well-being favored to help
adults and children worldwide struggling with obesity and chronic disease. We examined the role
of teaching kitchens as community learning laboratories and noted an increasing number of
medical schools, nursing schools, and residency programs have adopted a culinary
medicine/nutrition science curriculum.
Academic medical centers and health systems continue to lead the evolution in this healthcare
arena with research and innovative programming. They offer collaborative, interprofessional
education at every level, in tandem with community partnerships and outreach. This adds real
momentum to the whole-person health movement toward changes in lifestyle behavior while
closing gaps in population access to healthy food and nutritious meals.

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