Dr. Josephine Elrod, a family medical physician affiliated with Grandview Medical Center, stated physicians receive little nutrition education in medical school and residency, and there’s a need to be better educated in addressing food and lifestyle issues.
Elrod said culinary medicine uses food in addition to traditional medicine to treat and prevent disease. Each session of the program examines a case study related to a disease, such as hypertension, and diet choices that affect it. Sessions also address issues faced by patients that lead to poor food choices, such as having limited time, money and access to healthy food in Dayton’s food desert.
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The organizations stated the culinary medicine program is funded by Grandview Hospital Foundation and is modeled after Tulane University’s teaching kitchen, which was the first to be implemented at a medical school.
“We are excited to be the leaders in Ohio and the Midwest,” Elrod said.