Webinar: Introduction to Culinary Medicine
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When: Thu, May 4, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Where: United States
Contact: Dani Pere, MPM

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ACPM will soon be adding a new elective to the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Curriculum. Join us for a unique opportunity on May 4th at 12pm EST to pilot a new course via a webinar – an “Introduction to Culinary Medicine”. Participants will be able to listen to the live webinar, ask questions directly to the faculty, and provide significant feedback on the final edits of the course. The pilot webinar will provide 1.5 hours of free CME/ MOC.


This course will serve as an introduction to Culinary Medicine and is designed for physicians and clinicians. Developed through a generous grant by the Ardmore Institute of Health, the 1.5 hour CME elective will address the following learning objectives:

  1. Define the relationship between home cooking and health and understand the rationale for the importance of patients culinary behaviors
  1. Discuss common barriers to home cooking, and explore alternative cooking skills to help address those barriers.
  2. Demonstrate patient-centered culinary knowledge and skills, and describe strategies for empowering patients to adopt home cooking
  3. Develop physician/clinician culinary confidence and skills, and learn strategies to improve facilitate cooking for improved personal health.
  4. Use culinary resources for the improvement of both physician/clinician and their patients’’ culinary behaviors. 

Since this presentation is piloting new material, an interactive session will be held at the end for participants to provide feedback and ask questions. Your input is critical, especially about content. Please keep in mind the final curriculum will not be presented in a live format. In addition to the interactive discussion, written evaluations are required to receive CME/MOC purposes.

The course is developed from a food is medicine perspective with a focus on practical aspects of what patients face day-to-day when trying to make substantive lifestyle changes. The emphasis will be on provider education that seeks to incorporate self-care while counseling and empowering patients to make and sustain healthier food choices through shopping and meal preparation. The elective will encourage and promote the personal adoption of culinary medicine so that providers are more likely to prescribe the methods to their patients. Comprehensive knowledge of nutrition and the culinary techniques to prepare food that is consistent with low income to moderate budgets, time constraints, and nutritional ideals related to a high fiber plant based diets will be reviewed.

The new Culinary Medicine elective will be released in the summer 2017 - stay tuned and watch the ACPM newsletters and website for more information. 



Rani Polak, MD, Chef, MBA
Founding Director, CHEF Coaching Program, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Research Associate, PM&R Department, Harvard Medical School


Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM
Faculty Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Curriculum
Founder and President, HealthType
Former Board Members – ACPM and ACLM

To get involved or learn more about ACPM lifestyle medicine projects and initiatives, please contact Dani Pere, Associate Executive Director for Programs and Operations at dpere@acpm.org.


The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the ACCME.


ACPM designates this internet enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


The ACCME requires learners be made aware of any financial relationships between an individual in a position to control content for CME and a commercial interest prior to the educational event. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that creates a conflict of interest. In accordance with the rules of ACCME, the following faculty members have made the following disclosures: 

  • Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM; has no financial relationships to disclose
  • Rani Polak, MD, MBA; has no financial relationships to disclose



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