GRCC’s Culinary Medicine team to present at Lansing conference tomorrow

A close-up on the cover of a brochure. The text reads: "35th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference. A Conference Co-Sponsored by MDHHS, the Michigan Chapter of AAIDD, and WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine."

GRCC collaborates with Spectrum Health on Culinary Medicine (CM), a discipline which seeks to engage health care professionals and patients in the importance of food as a tool in achieving optimal health. As a result of this partnership, Dr. Werner Absenger of GRCC’s Secchia Institute and Dr. Kristi Artz of Spectrum Health will be presenting at the 35th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference tomorrow, April 17, in Lansing, MI.

The title of their presentation is “Culinary medicine: A healthcare model to provide simple, inexpensive, nutrient dense, home-cooked meals for persons with ID and DD.”

Poor nutrition-related health habits are considered health risk factors for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and children and youth with special health care needs. CM empowers clinicians and patients with knowledge of nutrition and culinary techniques. In hands-on CM classes, participants learn to prepare delicious food that is consistent with real-world budgets and time constraints.

Congratulations to Drs. Absenger and Artz, and to everyone who has helped make this collaboration such a success!

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