Vetri Community Partnership’s staff is uniquely trained to teach people of all ages to cook healthy meals from scratch. Given this, we are exploring opportunities in culinary medicine to share our expertise with patients and clinicians at medical institutions.
VCP teamed up with CHOP’s Integrative Health Program on five workshops designed for patients with gastrointestinal diseases and their families. VCP’s chef-educators aim to improve patients’ quality of life by teaching them how to prepare tasty foods they are allowed to eat.
“This has been such a blessing for our family. It is such a hard undertaking to make different meals because only two children have digestive issues. This class has been great to be able to make one meal for the entire family.” – Debbie, CHOP Integrative Health program participant
Over the course of seven weeks, our chef-educators will lead fourth-year medical students at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine through recipes that are tailored to a specific target health population – healthy diet, diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, obesity, pregnancy, celiac. The goal is for medical students to be better equipped to advise and coach patients about nutritious, inexpensive, and tasty meal preparation, as well as improve their own cooking knowledge.