Conference Agenda

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 7th annual Health meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference.

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The conference will take place June 4 through June 7, 2020 in Orlando at Rosen Shingle Creek and University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality and Management.

Health meets Food is dedicated to teaching medical professionals and the communities they serve about the important connection between good health and healthy eating.

Download the Agenda (PDF; final agenda subject to modification)

Thursday June 4, 2020

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Optional Hands-on Cooking Class – Introduction to Culinary Medicine

This module presents an outline of both the Mediterranean and DASH diets and examines recent sources and studies examining the effectiveness of both in terms of treating diet-related illnesses. This module also briefly reviews methods of communicating these principles to patients. An introduction to basic kitchen safety and knife handling skills is also included.

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Optional Hands-on Cooking Class – Geriatric Diet

The Geriatric Nutrition module is designed to introduce students to elderly patients’ physiological changes, nutritional needs, risks for malnutrition, and adaptive approaches to food preparation and consumption. Medical students will learn about how to screen for malnutrition, develop dietary interventions, and counsel elderly patients and their family members about how to eat healthfully in their later years.

Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6, 2020

Pediatrics and The Family

Two lectures with Panel Discussion covering critical topics of the pediatric diet from a lifecycle perspective and how it integrates into family and social life.

Skills Building Sessions 

A choice of three culinary skills-building sessions are offered, including Knife Skills, Pasta Making, and a Modified Texture Demonstration.

Health Coaching – Evidence From the Literature

Health coaching in clinical practice with both evidence from the literature and practical approaches for implementation in the clinic setting.

Diabetes Prevention Program – History, evidence and implementation

A presentation detailing the effectiveness of the Diabetes Prevention Program and practical recommendations on launching programming.

Hands-on Cooking Module – Systemic Approaches to Obesity

Understand obesity as a multifactorial disease process and review the complications of obesity. This module also helps learners understand a multifaceted approach to the management of obesity. Topics ranging from dietary counseling, meal replacement, pharmaceutical approaches, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Sunday June 7, 2020

Culture Change for Patients, Professionals and Policy

A panel discussion covering the societal, cultural, financial and policy aspects that can lead to driving cultural change around healthy eating.