Continuing Your Medical Education in Culinary Medicine

Posted on May 3, 2018 by Downtown Market

Obesity and other chronic diseases are a national crisis. A study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2013-2014 revealed that 37.9 percent of adults (ages 20+), 20.6 percent of adolescents (ages 12 to 19), 17.4 percent of children, ages 6 to 11, and 9.4 percent of children, ages 2 to 5, in the United States were considered obese.

Though most people know that they need to fuel their bodies with nourishing food to stay healthy, oftentimes they don’t have the necessary skills or knowledge. In addition, unhealthy lifestyle habits and poor access to fresh food among other factors may lead to poor dietary patterns resulting in chronic disease.

Do you want to develop new strategies to help get your patients on the right track? Spectrum Health is now offering culinary medicine courses in order to address America’s dietary health crisis. These continuing medical education courses held at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids will teach doctors and health professionals hands-on cooking skills and nutritional science, which they can translate into the care of their patients.

Culinary medicine is an evidence-based specialty that assists health care professionals in understanding how food and cooking relate to personal health habits and healthcare goals. Beyond stirring and chopping, the continuing education classes teach concepts such as the science of sustainable dietary patterns, how to create flavor without heavily relying on salt and fat, how to make familiar recipes more nutritionally dense, tips for grocery lists, and how to build a healthy pantry.

If you are interested in continuing your education with classes that help blend the art of food and cooking with the science of medicine with hands-on cooking classes, visit and look for the Spectrum Health logo and title of the module you are interested in taking. Click “Add to Cart”—classes are available individually.

Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine is a partnership between Spectrum Health’s department of Behavioral Science and Lifestyle Management, Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University and Downtown Market Grand Rapids. The Downtown Market’s Teaching Kitchen is a critical asset to the offering of these culinary medicine courses. The Downtown Market’s Teaching Kitchen is a state-of-the-art space featuring fully adjustable countertops where classes on cooking, culinary skills, and nutrition for children and adults are offered.