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Culinary Medicine Program

Food is Prevention, Food is Medicine, Food is Community

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Food plays a central role in shaping the health of individuals, families, and communities. Our everyday food choices are an essential component of self-care for the prevention and treatment of many chronic conditions as well as the promotion of our physical and mental wellbeing. Yet, few US medical students and providers are adequately trained on how food can be used as a prescription for their own self-care and the care for their patients. 

The Culinary Medicine Program was established in 2018 as a joint initiative between researchers at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine and the OU College of Public Health thanks to generous support from the Ardmore Institute of Health and the Tandy Family YMCA. The program’s mission is to improve the health of local communities through the power of food by teaching medical students, residents, physicians, and patients essential cooking skills for making healthy, affordable meals and the practice of mindful eating. 

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