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New NEOMED class focuses on cooking to stay well

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Twelve senior Northeast Ohio Medical University students gathered around the kitchen island counter in the home of professor Eugene Mowad this week for the start of their elective in culinary medicine.

They are learning how food and diet affect physical and mental health through cooking whole, healthy meals with easily accessible ingredients as well as nutritional diets – all in the kitchens of their instructors.

Dr. Lisa Young, the vice dean of the college of medicine and Dr. Mowad, the associate dean for clinical affairs, decided to create this elective, “Food and Life: a Physician’s Guide to a Nurturing Career,” which began this year.

“Dr. Young and I work closely together on academic and administrative issues all the time and we thought, ‘What’s something that we can do that could be useful for a senior medical student but also something that we enjoy doing and that would be fun for them to do?’” Dr. Mowad said.

After breakfast, the class talked about obesity and ways to treat it with different types of diets. The class then started to prepare grilled skewers with meat and vegetables, couscous with vegetables along with hummus and baba ghanouj (cooked eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil and various seasoning).

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