Culinary coaching

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Culinary coaching is a medical treatment strategy and clinician-led training for people who lack skills, confidence, or time to cook, but who want to adopt healthier diets.[1] The modification of lifestyle factors that include the increased consumption of fruits is part of culinary medicine and been known since 2010.[2] Culinary education/culinary coaching is used as modality of Lifestyle medicine. Culinary coaching synonyms include: culinary medicine programs, culinary medicine, lifestyle counselling and culinary education.[1] Culinary coaching and more formal and organized medical treatment for dietary health is an approach to using behavior modification to elicit dietary changes for people by physicians. Much of this training is available online and is often offered at no cost from professional medical societies and universities. Other programs offer continuing education certifications to train medical student, nurses, and physicians on the application of preventing disease by training people by culinary coaching.[1][3]

In the spring of 2017 the American College of Preventive Medicine announced that it intended to start offering an elective in "Culinary Medicine" as part of its Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency CME training.[4] The American Heart Association has urged medical schools to teach doctors-in-training to become comfortable discussing their patients' life style choices with them, including what they eat.[5]

The education and training provided by culinary education programs includes instruction on safe food storage, shopping strategies, the frequency of eating out, food spending, and meal preparation.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Polak, R; Phillips, EM; Nordgren, J; La Puma, J; La Barba, J; Cucuzzella, M; Graham, R; Harlan, TS; Burg, T; Eisenberg, D (January 2016). "Health-related Culinary Education: A Summary of Representative Emerging Programs for Health Professionals and Patients". Global advances in health and medicine. 5 (1): 61–8. doi:10.7453/gahmj.2015.128. PMC 4756781. PMID 26937315.
  2. Kvaavik, Elisabeth (April 2010). "Influence of Individual and Combined Health Behaviors on Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Men and Women: The United Kingdom Health and Lifestyle Survey". JAMA Internal Medicine. 170 (8): 711–8. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.76. PMID 20421558. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  3. Liyanagunawardena, Tharindu Rekha; Williams, Shirley Ann (2014). "Massive Open Online Courses on Health and Medicine: Review". Journal of Medical Internet Research. 16 (8): e191. doi:10.2196/jmir.3439. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  4. "Webinar: Introduction to Culinary Medicine". American College of Preventive Medicine. Archived from the original on 31 August 2017.
  5. Hivert, Marie-France; et al. (1 January 2016). "Medical Training to Achieve Competency in Lifestyle Counseling: An Essential Foundation for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases and Other Chronic Medical Conditions: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association". Circulation. 134: CIR.0000000000000442. doi:10.1161/CIR.0000000000000442. PMID 27601568. Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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