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31 Mar

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The Rouxbe Cooking School Partners with The American College of Lifestyle Medicine

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Vancouver, B.C.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) offers Culinary Rx as a benefit of ACLM membership in an effort to provide accessible online educational support that drives long-term lifestyle and behavior change.

Rouxbe Cooking School announced today that Culinary Rx, an online instructional cooking and nutrition course that healthcare professionals prescribe to their patients for prevention, treatment, and lifestyle health, is being offered as a showcased benefit to members of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Culinary Rx was developed in 2015 in collaboration with The Plantrician Project and leading physicians who subscribe to a food-first approach to healthcare. Now, all members of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine will have direct access to this important educational resource at deeply discounted member-only pricing.
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Since its inaugural launch in July of 2015, over 1,500 people from around the world have engaged in the Culinary Rx online nutrition education and plant-based cooking course as part of their transition to adopting a more healthful dietary lifestyle. Participants have shown strong engagement and exceptional course compliance, supporting long-term behavior change. Increased cooking confidence and enjoyment of cooking are two primary course objectives.

“This is an informative and eye-opening course. It very clearly illustrates how easy, fun and delicious adopting a plant-based diet can be, and of course how much healthier it is for you! I have already recommended it to family and friends,” said student Paula Finnerty.

Physicians and healthcare providers are now able to prescribe Culinary Rx to their patients or clients through the Culinary Rx website or through an iOS application called the “Prescriber.” This enables a medical and wellness professional to personalize the Culinary Rx invitation and keep track of each patient’s progress.

“Those dedicated to lifestyle medicine acknowledge that food trumps all,” said Susan Benigas, ACLM Executive Director. “The question physicians often ask is, ‘How do I educate patients about an optimal dietary lifestyle and provide the cooking instruction and nutrition literacy required to guide them on their journey?’  Culinary Rx is a scalable eLearning platform that is designed to support sustained behavior change over time. Where optimal dietary lifestyle is concerned, I’ve found no better educational tool than Culinary Rx.”

Early survey data is demonstrating that the course is working*:

  • 99% would recommend the course to others
  • 92% gained confidence in their cooking ability
  • 88% are now motivated to adopt better overall healthier habits
  • 42% are reducing meat consumption, increasing plant-based foods
  • 28% are making the shift to 100% plant-based diet

“This is the kind of data we were hoping for,” says Joe Girard, Rouxbe CEO. “Our goal with the course was to help people make the challenging shift to a healthier diet and to do so in a manner that drove long-term behavioral change. People can learn what to eat to support their health, but if they can’t cook it and make it taste delicious, the change won’t last. We need to teach people how to cook and to begin to enjoy the process and that’s exactly what happens with Culinary Rx participants.”

* Data from completion surveys from 180 Culinary Rx participants during the beta offering.

About Rouxbe’s Wellness Programs

Rouxbe provides wellness and health programming for individuals, health care providers and organizations. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for teaching people the fundamentals of cooking as part of larger lifestyle and preventative health efforts. For more information on culinary wellness or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.

29 Jul

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University of Texas at Austin and the Rouxbe Cooking School Start Training Program

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Vancouver, B.C. (July 28, 2015)

The University of Texas at Austin and the Rouxbe Cooking School are partnering to bring culinary skills training for cooks at multiple dining locations on campus.

Rouxbe is pleased to announce the initiation of a training partnership with The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest and most prestigious public universities in the United States with over 50,000 students and 500,000 alumni.

The University of Texas at Austin is focusing on creating new approaches for training cooks and other culinary and foodservice staff to provide a dining experience that reflects the health and wellness needs of the entire university campus community.

The establishment of The Dell Medical School has further elevated the overall awareness around the food, nutrition and health conversation. Food and cooking play important roles in overall campus health and the effective use of technology that Rouxbe enables helps more innovation forward.

The training program consists of instructional content that focuses on foundational cooking techniques used in a professional kitchen. Whole foods and plant-based foods are emphasized throughout to highlight a technique driven approach to learning how to use fresh ingredients to build flavor to suit a range of dining needs and preferences.

In addition, participants can track their learning, take assessments to verify progress, and review course content on demand. Rouxbe course content, consisting of close up HD video instruction and adaptive learning exercises, is available 24/7 from any internet enabled device.  Participants will be given access to iPads to learn and complete assessments on the job.

“The University of Texas at Austin shares Rouxbe’s commitment to innovation and health in foodservice. We are proud to offer this training solution that directly supports their  team and gives them the tools needed to learn and meet the changing demands of guests.” said Joe Girard, Rouxbe’s CEO and co-founder.

About Rouxbe’s Professional Training Programs

Rouxbe provides training and instruction not only to quality restaurants and hospitality organizations, but also for serious home cooks and career changers. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for training professional cooks. For more information on professional training tools or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.

14 Apr

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Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) Initiates Formal Pilot Program with the Rouxbe Cooking School

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Oregon Health & Sciences University, the largest medical institution in Oregon, has partnered with the Rouxbe Cooking School to power an online education program to support patient outcomes through lifestyle health initiatives that focus on cooking.

The partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at OHSU marks the first step toward developing programs that will help patients transition successfully to healthier cooking through culinary education and at-home, online training.

While many programs focus more on nutrition information and “what to eat”, this pilot program focuses on the “how and why” of cooking so that patients can actually apply their knowledge and begin to practice prevention and self care through cooking.

The pilot is underway through the OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center. It includes an online instruction component, powered through the Rouxbe Cooking School as well as regular visits with the patients’ healthcare providers to help monitor and track outcomes.

The pilot was initiated with support from Dr. Dennis Bourdette, Chief of Neurology at OHSU and Dr. Vijayshree Yadav, the Clinical Director at OHSU MS Center. Their interest in the impact of cooking was driven in part by preliminary research, which suggested that a plant-based and whole-foods focused diet can help alleviate primary symptoms of MS.

“Our experience has shown that learning plant-based cooking skills has been helpful to patients as they look to alleviate some common MS symptoms, such as fatigue.  In this pilot, we expect to show how these skills can also be taught in Rouxbe’s online format, thereby reaching an audience much larger than if taught in an in-person training course.” said Dr. Dennis Bourdette.

About Rouxbe’s Wellness Programs

Rouxbe provides wellness and health programming for individuals, health care providers and organizations. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for teaching people the fundamentals of cooking as part of larger lifestyle and preventative health efforts. For more information on culinary wellness or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only academic health center. It provides an uncommon array of services from providing the state’s most comprehensive health care, to educating the next generation of clinicians and biomedical researchers, to achieving breakthroughs and innovations. Its hospitals and clinics serve more than a quarter of a million patients every year with innovative care and treatment models based on the latest knowledge available.

09 Apr

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The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Alumni Association Partners with the Rouxbe Cooking School

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Partnership with Canada’s premier holistic nutrition school connects their program alumni with Rouxbe to support complementary professional cooking education for CSNN graduates.

The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Alumni Association represents graduates from all 13 campuses across Canada that train students in holistic nutrition. These alumni focus much of their practice around a food and nutrition centered approach to health and wellness.

Rouxbe Cooking School will be offering CSNNAA Alumni exclusive pricing for professional certification courses. These courses are designed to complement the nutrition education they received from CSNN by providing foundational cooking education through Rouxbe’s intensive online culinary immersion. Cooking is a key driver in lifestyle and behavioral health approaches that value the role of diet in preventing common chronic diseases.

“Empowering health and wellness professionals with cooking knowledge, is one of the critical missing ingredients needed to help more people make the successful transition from unhealthy cooking to a more health supportive lifestyle,” said Joe Girard, Rouxbe’s CEO and co-founder. “It is not just that ‘you are what you eat’ but rather what and how you cook that makes the difference for so many.”

There have been a number of CSNN graduates who have already received certification through the Rouxbe Cooking School. Their newly acquired culinary skills will help provide an enhanced level of support for clients facing the challenge of altering dietary direction.

“I highly recommend Rouxbe to anyone who wants to take their kitchen skills to the next level and challenge themselves to excel in every aspect of the cooking experience,” said Ashleigh Grange, RHN, a CSNN and Rouxbe Pro graduate.

To take advantage of this alumni discount, email CSNNAA’s office for the exclusive CSNNAA promotional code at info@csnnalumni.org with the subject line “Alumni Request for Rouxbe Code”.

About Rouxbe’s Professional Training Programs

Rouxbe provides training and instruction not only to quality restaurants and hospitality organizations, but also for serious home cooks and career changers. Rouxbe’s revolutionary online platform delivers cutting edge e-learning solutions that drive and measure learning outcomes and engagement while providing effective, lower-cost alternatives for training professional cooks. For more information on professional training tools or to learn more about Rouxbe, please contact Joe Girard, CEO & Co-Founder at jgirard@rouxbe.com.

About CSNNAA

The CSNNAA (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Alumni Association) is a national organization dedicated to the support and advancement of those who have graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

02 Mar

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Farm Sanctuary Selects Rouxbe as Culinary Training Partner for Plant-Based Cooking.

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Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal rescue and protection organization, has partnered with the Rouxbe Cooking School to provide enhanced cooking education to all supporters looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet.

Starting today, supporters can visit Farm Sanctuary’s plant-based living site, V-lish for a special offer to attend the Farm Sanctuary Cooking School (plant-based only) – powered by Rouxbe. Supporters will receive a free 7-day trial and then a $200 credit that can be applied to their membership. Those that decide to join during their trial will only pay $99 for their initial tuition fee (instead of $299.99) and then $4.99 per month for as long as they want to further their learning (cancel anytime). Student membership will provide you with access to hundreds of instructional video lessons, techniques, plant-based recipes as well as chef support.

Ten percent (10%) of all proceeds will go directly to support various Farm Sanctuary projects.

 “Education has always been an important part of our DNA at Farm Sanctuary,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “We believe that helping people cook delicious plant-based foods could save millions of animals from cruelty, so we are excited to have partnered with the very best online education partner Rouxbe.”

Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate plant-based living.

“I am a French trained chef who converted to a 100% plant-based way of life over three years ago,” says Joe Girard, “I couldn’t be more honored to support the efforts of Farm Sanctuary and to play a role in reducing the amount of animal suffering in the world by helping people become exceptional plant-based cooks.”

Visit V-lish to take advantage of this incredible offer and $200 rebate on tuition.