October 21 Healthy Living Summit Focuses on the Connection Between Food and Disease Management

The Culinary/Allied Health Building at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

“Dietary related illnesses have contributed to some of the leading causes of death among patients and impacted our community on multiple levels,” said Kalamazoo Valley’s Director for Food Safety and Nutrition Vivien McCurdy,

October 21 Healthy Living Summit Focuses on the Connection Between Food and Disease Management.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Bronson Healthcare are partnering to host a Healthy Living Summit for medical professionals. The October 21, 2017 event is designed to educate doctors, nurses and other health care professionals about “Food as Medicine” by emphasizing the connection between food and disease management. Through integrated nutrition and “hands-on” culinary education, providers will learn to support their patients in preparing meals that are nutritionally sound, cost-effective, locally-sourced and delicious.

“Dietary related illnesses have contributed to some of the leading causes of death among patients and impacted our community on multiple levels,” said Kalamazoo Valley’s Director for Food Safety and Nutrition Vivien McCurdy, “While doctors, nurses and other health care professionals understand the importance of promoting healthy eating, not many know how to engage their patients to improve their dietary choices and practice mindful eating.”

McCurdy explained that the Healthy Living Summit will promote an understanding of the latest research on using a plant-based diet as a cost-effective intervention to improve health outcomes.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast at the Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education, 7 Healthcare Plaza, in downtown Kalamazoo. The keynote speaker will…

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