Preventing Chronic Disease with Nutrition


Nearly half of American adults have at least one chronic disease. But lifestyle can prevent 80 percent of chronic disease. Culinary medicine programs targets the crucial role that diet plays in preventing chronic diseases. 

The program provides four cooking classes, each three hours long for residents who treat patients with chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The residents discuss a hypothetical patient’s diet and illness, and then learn how to prepare dishes that could be good additions to the patient’s diet.

The program also includes lectures and dialogues about nutrition and ways to help patients make lifestyle changes. They teach about barriers to health and resources available in the community, and spend time with dietitians, learning tips such as how to read a food label or modify a recipe to include healthier ingredients.

The future of the program hopes to offer classes directly to patients who have been diagnosed with these chronic diseases.

The culinary medicine program was made possible by a grant award from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Your donations will help to ensure this program continues to grow and is made available here in our community.

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