An innovative program aimed at reducing childhood obesity and improving access to healthy foods for patients and the community at large is being launched in San Antonio by Baylor’s newest affiliate, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
The culinary health and education program will provide a comprehensive approach to childhood health and nutrition and will incorporate many elements in the community, including:
- Hospital teaching kitchen – Designed by The Culinary Institute of America, it will offer nutrition and hands-on cooking courses created by the institute in conjunction with clinical experts at the hospital, with the support of Aramark, the hospital’s food services provider. Courses will be offered to patients and open to the general public.
- Teaching and healing gardens – 2.4 acres for patients and families to play, pray and learn through interactive experiences as well as about the foundations of a healthy diet.
- “Prescriptions for Produce,” a program in partnership with H-E-B in which physicians at the hospital can write prescriptions for produce to be redeemed at local H-E-B stores.
Baylor College of Medicine magazine – by BCM Office of Communications