"Teaching Kitchens" are more than kitchens. They are "learning laboratories" where individuals receive practical, hands-on guidance to "eat, cook, move and think more healthfully". Dozens of Teaching Kitchens have been built in hospitals, medical schools, universities, college campuses, corporate worksites, K-12 schools, YMCA's, Veterans Administration hospitals, retirement facilities, and community-based organizations. Teaching Kitchen curricula often include: (1) nutrition education, (2) hands-on culinary instruction, (3) advice regarding enhanced movement and exercise, (4) guidance on the optimal use of web-based technologies, (5) mindfulness training, and (6) personalized health coaching.
The 2020 Research Conference on Teaching Kitchens and Related Self Care Practices is an international scientific meeting hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition, in close collaboration with the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative. (www.teachingkitchens.org). The purpose of this scientific meeting is to enable researchers to present original findings on teaching kitchen curricula, facilities, and research strategies, with the purpose of advancing the design, methodology, implementation, and evaluation of replicable teaching kitchen programs across a wide range of populations.
Anticipated audiences and presenters
  • Researchers
  • Chefs
  • MD’s, RD’s, RN’s, Health Coaches, Mindfulness instructors, and other Allied Health professionals interested in teaching kitchens as learning laboratories and clinical research hubs
  • Lifestyle Medicine healthcare professionals
  • Integrative Medicine providers
  • Food service directors
  • Hospital, University, Corporate, Military, and Community Based Administrators and HR Directors