HSPH professor teaches health professionals to be healthy eating role models
David Eisenberg, an associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, shared his passion for cooking delicious, healthy food at the eighth annual Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference. The event, which he founded in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America and HSPH, aims to teach health professionals about cooking and eating healthy foods and to empower them to pass on what they’ve learned to their patients. HSPH Professors Walter Willett and Eric Rimm also presented at the March 22-25, 2012 event held at The Culinary Institute’s Napa Valley campus.
“Many doctors treat food as a clinical procedure rather than the sensual act it ought to be,” Eisenberg said in The New York Times on April 10, 2012. He started the conference with the belief that if doctors could cook food that was flavorful as well as healthy they could serve as role models for their patients. He is currently working on a prototype teaching kitchen that could be used in schools, hospitals, and military bases.