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The Project Medicos na Cozinha (Doctors in the Kitchen) aims to spread the knowledge in Brazil about culinary medicine by providing doctors with the necessary tools for the development of culinary skills, thus improving their diet and inspiring them to a healthy lifestyle that can be multiplied by their patients. 

We have already carried out 11 editions, around 140 physicians, managing to bring this knowledge to doctors from different specialties, who could replicate what they learned in their counselling practices.  The course is divided in a lecture class of 2 hours: Culinary Medicine, Healthy Eating and Motivational Interview, plus 2 hours hands-on cooking class in which participants learn how to prepare recipes using whole foods and alternative heathier ingredients to cook a complete meal that they could easily replicate at home. 

In addition, we published this year the book Doctors in the Kitchen, the first Brazilian book on culinary medicine and lifestyle, allowing the dissemination of knowledge throughout the country, not only for health professionals, but also for the general population. 

We are working to implement the first culinary medicine course in a medical school next year. In the research area, we have applied an initial questionnaire for participants of our courses and it will be reapplied after 3-6 months of the course to assess the evolution of knowledge and whether doctors are applying what they have learned. The partial results of this research were presented in October at the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference, 2019 (Orlando, USA).

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Adriana Katekawa

Adriana Katekawa is certified in Culinary Coaching by Harvard Medical School/Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. Health Coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN-NY) and graduated in Culinary Arts by Le Cordon Bleu. She is an experienced chef instructor teaching healthy cooking classes in the Netherlands, United States and Brazil. Culinary Director of EatWell Meal Kits in Boston, providing accessible healthy meals for urban families living in food insecure regions. Chef and Culinary Coach for Medicos na Cozinha (Doctors in the Kitchen), disseminating Culinary Medicine in Brazil. Food Stylist and recipe developer for books, magazines and social media. Bachelor in International Relations (University of Sao Paulo). Postgraduate in Business Administration (FGV / University of Chicago).

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