Why Get Certified?

Why Get Certified in Culinary Medicine?


The obesity and cardiometabolic risk epdemics are running rampant in the United States. With 69% of adults identified as overweight or obese1 and the typical American diet exceeding the recommended intake levels for fat, sugar, refined grains, and sodium2, the need for healthcare practitioners to actively engage patients on issues related to diet is greater than ever.

The Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist™ (CCMS) designation identifies clinicians who have a unique foundation for incorporating healthy eating into patients’ diets: comprehensive knowledge of nutrition and the culinary techniques to prepare food that is consistent with real-world budgets, time constraints, and nutritional ideals.

Through certification, clinicians will enhance their confidence and quality of care by
learning how to:

  • Explore the implications of diet on overall health
  • Enhance the quality of patient counseling
  • Improve the management of diet-related chronic diseases

Featuring a hybrid 60-credit curriculum comprised of online education, live conference learning, and hands-on teaching kitchen modules, the CCMS program is designed for those passionate about integrating dietary intervention into their practice strategies and will equip candidates with the nutritional knowledge and culinary skills to optimize health management.

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm
[2] http://www.fitness.gov/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/