It’s no secret that most medical doctors know very little about nutrition. They get at most 1 class on human nutrition during their studies. And yet, they are usually at the front lines of dispensing advice to their patients. Much more so than registered dietitians, who spend 4 years or more learning nutrition science.
We were happy to discover a program run by Harvard’s School of Public Health and the CIA (no – the other CIA – Culinary Institute of America) and aptly titled Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives. Doctors are brought into 3 day conferences where they learn to cook healthfully, instructed by top chefs. Dietitians and other health professionals participate as well, making for a good mix of expertise in the kitchen.
The thinking here is that doctors that can cook healthfully will impart some of that knowledge to their patients. According to an article on the matter in the Los Angeles Times, program participants reported changes:
Before the conference, they cooked 58% of their meals, and 64% afterward; they ate more whole grains, nuts and vegetables; and while 46% said before the conference that they could successfully advise an overweight patient on nutrition and lifestyle, 81% said they could afterward.
Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine”. Perhaps doctors can help show us the way…
We’re curious – what has been your experience with you physician(s)? Does she give you food advice? Does he provide nutrition tips?