Symposium Session: Just Give It a Try: Culinary Nutrition for Communities (Workshop)

In this session, Ashley and Jasmine will discuss how to be more confident when giving nutrition demonstrations and the importance of providing demonstrations to the community. Even by educating lower socioeconomic communities and families, it still may be difficult to buy food, and when the food is in hand, families may be scared to try it. Providing clients with culinary demonstrations can bridge the gap between education and implementation and will help encourage clients (and their families) to try new foods. Dietitians may not always be confident in the kitchen; this session will provide the missing piece for creating positive change.

This is not a webinar or course for purchase - this is a module for credit claiming for our 2024 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our Symposium; however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:
1.    Describe culinary nutrition and how it relates to the dietetic profession.
2.    Demonstrate confidence in preparing food in front of an audience. 
3.    Develop strategies to implement cooking demonstrations in daily practice.
4.    Develop a plan of action for providing in-person or virtual culinary components.
5.    Improve patient health outcomes by providing nutrition education that contains a culinary component.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 CDR
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Meet Ashley Carter, MS, RD, LDN, and Jasmine Westbrooks, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES, two RDs who banded together to pursue their passion for preventing chronic disease through nutrition education. Together they’re founders and directors of EatWell Exchange, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches low socioeconomic communities how to grow their own food, cook foods in a more healthful manner, and become more educated about their cultural foods.

Westbrooks and Carter teach communities how to make sustainable changes while still respecting and maintaining their culture. Over the past four years, they have served over 25,500 clients, including traveling to Grand Goave, Haiti, for a mission trip in 2018, where the pair initiated a community garden that provided a place for over 65 families to grow and harvest their own food.

None of the faculty or planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

An “ineligible company” includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products use by or on patients.


In support of improving patient care, Great Valley Publishing Company is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

This activity will also award credit for dietetics (CDR CPEU). 

RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Sphere and Competency selection is at the learner’s discretion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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