Putting Food into Medical Education

Food will soon be seen as Medicine.

Anyone interested in organic, healthy and local food has doubtlessly heard one thing over and over again: "That food is too expensive." The American Heart Association's Circulation journal noted in 2014 that 86% of healthcare costs are devoted to chronic diseases.

So the best response to issues of cost is "When do you want to spend your money? How much would you like to spend? A little more on the food you eat now or lot of money on healthcare and dealing with the effects of chronic disease later?"

All of this makes news coming out of Tulane University's Medical School very encouraging. Tulane is teaching medical students how to cook healthy, with a total of 24 hours of in-class experience. Twenty other medical schools including UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Illinois-Chicago, and University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine in a partnership with Kendall College School of Culinary Arts have adopted the Tulane program. This integrative approach to medical education is good news!

Tulane students also teach cooking to the community, using recipes all under $2.50 a portion and providing  low-income people with cooking, budgeting and time management skills. This program echoes our own Food For All and educational programs at Common Ground.

Diet is preventative care. Cook healthy meals and you fight disease while you enjoy your food.