You are what you eat, and you feel like what you eat, too

Tulane med school healthy eating program spreads around globe

Chris Miller
June 13, 2018 - 6:22 pm

A conference hosted by Tulane medical school starting today looks at how much our health can be improved by eating better.It's something Tulane started a few years ago, and has since spread nationwide and even across the globe.

Tulane launched its center for Culinary Medicine in 2012 -- it's director, Dr. Timothy Harlan, says maybe it's too obvious, but "seventy percent of those who coming in and sitting down in our exam rooms are there because of health problems related to food."

Dr. Harlan said it wasn't until recently that had to get involved in patient's diets unless it was a special circumstance, "until 30 to 40 years ago, when we started to see this easy access to really terrible food."

The idea took off, spreading to medical schools around the country.

"We now have over 40 medical schools who use our programming, and another ten hospital systems that either use it either with their nursing school or their residency program," said Dr. Harlan. "We expanded this spring to the United Kingdom where we've translated our programming for that market and I spent some time today actually on a call with both Israel as well as South Africa so I think this is an idea whose time has really come."

While the conference beginning today is mostly for academics, they have a public portion this Sunday, to show folks how much their health depends on their food. Click here for more information from the web site for Tulane's Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.

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