Lenox Hill Hospital Doctors Learn to Save Lives Through Healthful Cooking During National Nutrition Month

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Natural Gourmet Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital and Meatless Monday partner to bring health-supportive culinary education to medical residents.

“Our unique cooking and nutrition classes and programs teach young doctors how to use this philosophy and guide their patients towards incorporating more plant-based and whole foods more easily into their diet.” - Dr. Robert Graham

On March 10, 2014, Dr. Robert Graham, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program and Director of Integrative Health & Therapies at Lenox Hill Hospital, will return to Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) to teach medical interns and residents from Lenox Hill Hospital how to cook delicious, healthy and meatless dishes. The health-supportive cooking class, to be held during National Nutrition Month, is part of an ongoing series by Fare Wellness, a program developed by Dr. Graham and his wife Julie Graham, a certified health coach and yoga instructor. Launched in 2012, Fare Wellness works to educate healthcare professionals about better food selection and preparation and its impact on health and wellness.

“For centuries we have heard that food is the most powerful “drug” we have for health--not just to prevent, but also to treat, cure, and reverse most chronic illnesses,” says Dr. Graham. “Our unique cooking and nutrition classes and programs teach young doctors how to use this philosophy and guide their patients towards incorporating more plant-based and whole foods more easily into their diet.”

The goal is for doctors to learn to live, cook and eat by example, enabling and empowering them to become role models and teachers for their patients. Inspired by the popular Meatless Monday campaign, Lenox Hill Hospital residents selected for the Monday, March 10th class submitted an original meatless recipe and heartfelt essays addressing how this culinary and nutritional education program will prepare them to discuss food-related choices with their patients.

The evening’s menu will feature the vibrant flavors of South East Asia, including: coconut squash soup, vietnamese spring rolls with peanut sauce, hot & spicy leaf wraps, green papaya salad, seared pepper tofu with yunnan greens, vegetarian massaman curry, steamed eggplant oop, stir – fry rice noodles and banana coconut tapioca. Chef Richard LaMarita created the menu and will lead cooking instruction and Laura Rosenberg, MS, RD, CDN will present the nutritional profile of the menus from a clinical perspective.

Natural Gourmet Institute is the perfect match for Dr. Graham’s program, as it was founded on the principle that what you eat significantly effects your health. NGI is excited to bring their knowledge to the front line of the medical community by empowering doctors with the tools to bring healthful cooking to their patients. “Dr. Graham is truly a visionary in the medical community. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Lenox Hill Hospital to address the knowledge gap in nutritional education and its impact on health and wellness,” said Anthony Fassio, CEO Natural Gourmet Institute.

Would you like to join us? Email jkauffman(at)nginyc(dot)com for event details.

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About Natural Gourmet Institute

Founded in 1977 by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) is the international leader in health-supportive culinary education. Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chef’s Training Program is a comprehensive and professional program that trains students to meet the growing demand for culinary professionals who are able to make the connection between food and health. Natural Gourmet Institute also offers public intensives, hands-on instruction, demonstrations and lectures for the healthy cooking enthusiast. On Friday night, the school is transformed into an intimate dining room, where NGI’s Chef’s Training Program students and instructors prepare a three course vegetarian Friday Night Dinner that is innovative, delicious and beautifully presented. http://www.naturalgourmetinstitute.com.

About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital with a national reputation for providing the highest quality care, training new physicians, and contributing to progress in research. Recognized nationally as a leader in cardiac care, orthopedics and maternal/child health, the Hospital also offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties. A major teaching affiliate of NYU Medical Center, the Hospital is also a recognized leader in public health education and community outreach. For more information, go to http://www.lenoxhillhospital.org.

About Meatless Monday

Launched in 2003, Meatless Monday is an initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. By going meatless once a week, thus reducing our saturated fat intake, we can limit our risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. http://www.meatlessmonday.com.

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