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Teaching Kitchens and Hospitals

In recent year, the medical and public health communities have recognized the importance of teaching their patients about food, cooking and nutrition hands-on to succeed in managing their health for the long term.  For two decades FamilyCook has disseminated evidence-based Teaching Kitchen programs across the US with positive outcomes – including sustained effect over time.

Out of the rigor of evaluation and the retooling of curriculum over this period, Ten Communication and Delivery Methods that drive behavior change have emerged.

We continue to explore these findings in collaboration with Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, Nutrition Department as part of continued research project with nutrition educators.  Preliminary findings on how these Ten Communication and Delivery Methods that drive behavior change fit into the Process of Nutrition Education (developed by Dr. Isobel Contento at TC) will be presented at the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative Research Day in February.  We are pleased we can now share these evidence-based tools with Teaching Kitchen projects across the US through our Teaching Kitchen Support Services below.

 Whether you have already established a Teaching Kitchen or if you are still in the design phase, FamilyCook Productions can help you:

  • Design your Teaching Kitchen program elements specific to your targeted population and guarantee measurable behavior change outcomes
  • Assess your existing Teaching Kitchen project, identify missing programmatic drivers of behavior change and infuse them to guarantee measurable behavior change outcomes

We invite you to join our Teaching Kitchen Network Facebook group – this is a space we created for sharing best practices amongst practitioners and researchers that support measurable behavior change. Join us!

For experienced practitioners and those new to Teaching Kitchen methodologies, FamilyCook is here to support you through our new Teaching Kitchen Support Services. Below is a step by step summary of what we can provide:

  1. Assessment of client Teaching Kitchen project aims, curriculum and current outcomes (or projected outcomes if Teaching Kitchen is still in design phase)

  2. Identify gaps in project concept and curriculum that can be advanced with our Ten Communication and Delivery Methods that drive change. Identifying any novel program elements that can be strengthened by these same 10 drivers.

  3. Provide a cost-benefit analysis to determine the most efficient direction for program enhancement: 1) Infuse the missing drivers into current client programming; or 2) license of an FCP program if that would be more cost effective.

  4. Design evaluation measures that are embedded into programmatic activities; maximizes the likelihood of capturing metrics among willing participants; professional development to infuse the philosophy and behavior change theory and mechanism that is so reliable behind each of our 10 programmatic strategies.

  5. Professional development to infuse the philosophy and behavior change theory and mechanism that is essential to each of our Ten Communication and Delivery Methods that drive behavior change.

  6. Ongoing trouble-shooting and support/consultation to addresses the typical challenges that arise when implementing new strategies and curriculum.