Monday, February 13, 2017
Cooking as a med school course
Often, in fact, doctors don't even mention food or they say eat less, see ya. (OK, a little exaggerated but not by much.)
Several universities, though, are including cooking classes in their med school curricula--notably Tulane.
Teaching doctors to cook healthy, delicious meals, it is hoped, will increase their interest in passing this along to their patients.
Stats show nearly half of all deaths in the US are due to heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes (CDC).
The links between food and health are well known at this point. Policy recommendations abound.
But studies show providing info does not change eating habits. Coaching is needed.
Doctors could be such coaches, but fewer than a fourth of doctors feel they could fulfill this role.
The National Academy of Science recommends 25 hours of nutrition instruction for med students.
Tulane requires 53 hours of culinary classes, 53 hours of clinical teaching, and 53 hours of learning nutritional counseling techniques.
At present, 28 other medical school, two residency programs, and two nursing schools have adapted the Tulane program. Harvard even partnered with the Culinary Institute of America to offer week-long workshops in making healthier food choices and managing caloric intake.
Even without a trip to the doctor, taking a culinary course can improve your eating pattern.