Join the Culinary Movement

by Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP on Dec 13, 2017

Food for Thought

The best method for helping someone make healthier nutrition choices goes beyond providing nutrition education and reciting key points from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It includes helping people develop the skills needed to translate information into real life—that is, living the DGA.

An essential ingredient in that recipe is knowing how to plan meals, shop for groceries and cook healthfully on a budget. From the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry® Cooking Matters® program to the Teaching Kitchens movement started and promoted by David Eisenberg, MD, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, opportunities abound for health and fitness professionals to get involved in helping children, families and adults develop these skills. Early studies suggest this model works. In a small worksite pilot conducted by Eisenberg, who is the director of culinary nutrition, participants who completed a 14- or 16-week Teaching Kitchens program decreased body weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and total cholesterol. They also cooked more meals at home, read nutrition labels more often and felt more confident in cooking. Learn more and get involved at tkcollaborative.org/home/ and cookingmatters.org/volunteer.

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About the Author

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP IDEA Author/Presenter

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD is a board-certified pediatrician, registered dietitian, and ACE Health Coach. She is committed to providing evidence-based nutrition and fitness information to health professionals and consumers alike in a way that is logical, practical and directly applicable to readers’ lives. She has authored over 100 publications and book chapters, all which are based on the latest scientific evidence and presented in a manner that is easy-to-understand and apply. She is Director of Healthcare Solutions for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) having written the nutrition chapters for each of ACE’s textbooks, the ACE Fitness Nutrition Manual and Specialty Certification, and recorded several Webinars and online courses. Furthermore, as a spokesperson for ACE, the largest fitness certifying and advocacy organization in the country, she informs broadcast and print media outlets throughout the U.S. on pertinent nutrition and fitness issues. She is author '"Eat Your Vegetables!" and other mistakes parents make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters'. She presented a similar topic at IDEA World 2009; the video is available for purchase through IDEA. Certifications: ACE, ACSM and NSCA