Category: Health & Wellness

31 Mar

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

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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.

28 Mar

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The Rouxbe Cooking School Welcomes Chef Fran Costigan as Director of Vegan Baking & Pastry

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Fran Costigan, renowned vegan pastry chef, cookbook author and educator joins the Rouxbe Cooking School to develop and teach the world’s first 100% plant-based pastry arts program online.

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Building on the success and increased interest in plant-based instruction, the Rouxbe Cooking School is building the first ever plant-based pastry arts program online. In it’s continuing effort to attract the very best talent, Chef Fran Costigan, an award-winning pastry chef, cookbook author and educator was selected to serve as Rouxbe’s Director of Vegan Baking & Pastry Arts to help lead the development of new instructional content.

Costigan brings over 25 years of experience and leadership to this effort being the one of the world’s top vegan baking experts. She has served as the go-to culinary professional to train conventional pastry chefs and passionate home cooks alike in this subject area.

Since she started teaching her popular Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®, she has helped train hundreds of people who have in turn, successfully helped dispel the notion that world-class baking and pastry depends on eggs and dairy to be delicious. This new pastry arts program will cover the essentials of vegan baking and pastry techniques—tested and proven formulas and approaches to making quality pastry products that stand up to any dessert, anywhere.

“When I first saw Rouxbe, I knew it was going to be a big part of the future of how people learn to cook. Rouxbe’s premium platform and approach to instructional content is the best I have ever seen. After 25 years of teaching vegan pastry arts classes in prestigious brick and mortar culinary schools, I am thrilled about my new role with Rouxbe so that I can help thousands by leveraging the Internet and Rouxbe’s global platform. Now passionate students everywhere, and at any level, will have the opportunity to learn to make modern, irresistible vegan desserts at the highest standard of training,” remarked Costigan.

Initially, Rouxbe will work with Costigan to capture and deliver an engaging online version of her continually sold-out Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®. The goal is to reach thousands, not hundreds of home cooks and pastry professionals that want to expand their expertise in this area. Limited seating will be offered for the first course offering, coming this summer. If you’d like to be notified in advance of this course, please sign-up below.

This initial course will be followed by more in-depth vegan baking and pastry modules with the longer-term goal of offering a full Professional Vegan Baking and Pastry Arts Certification Course.

“We are humbled to have Fran agree to join our team. For years we have been asked by our users to bring baking and pastry into our educational fold. With Fran joining our team, we can now move forward on this initiative and help thousands develop their baking and pastry craft,” said Joe Girard, CEO Rouxbe.

Along with brand new baking and pastry technique content, students can also expect to see some classic recipes and variations for special needs diets such as no oil and gluten free baking.

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About Rouxbe
Founded in 2005, Rouxbe (pronounced “ROO-bee”) is the world’s leading online cooking school for cooks of all levels (home or professional). Rouxbe deliver technique instruction and training to over 170,000 home cooks, culinary students, professional cooks and healthcare professionals in over 180 countries, in multiple languages.

 

22 Jun

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Rouxbe & Plantrician Project Release Culinary Rx

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After 10 years in development, we are pleased to release Culinary Rx – a collaborative project between the Rouxbe Cooking School and The Plantrician Project

Culinary Rx is the definitive online course that will provide healthcare professionals with the educational resource needed to help patients transform their personal health. It is also a course for anyone that wants to change their health through food and cooking.

This 60-day transitional cooking and nutrition course will help people navigate the many challenges inherent in moving away from foods that harm, to foods that truly have the power to heal and drive optimal health.

Culinary Rx is a course for those that are ready and motivated to make the commitment to change their life with delicious health-supportive foods. The approach we are taking with Culinary Rx is a plant-based approach, but you don’t have to be 100% plant-based. The instructional material that you will learn here is universal and can be applied to any diet that you follow. Further, with Culinary Rx, you will have a team of chef instructors and healthcare professionals alongside to support you.

Reserve your seat right now by enrolling at 50% off the regular price. 

The price is $49.99 USD for this first course offering only, regularly priced at $99.99.

Seating is limited to 500 students. The inaugural course will start July 15, 2015. It’s entirely online and you can take it on your own time, at your own pace.

In cooking and health,

Rouxbe Cooking School & The Plantrician Project

 

 

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.

16 Jan

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Are We Eating & Medicating Ourselves Into Early Graves?

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If you haven’t already checked out this video below, I invite you to do so.

Did you know that according to the CDC’s 2014 report on Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, with heart disease as the number one killer, and cancer close behind. The vast majority of healthcare dollars, now totalling more than 18% of the nation’s GDP, are spent on the treatment of conditions that are tied directly to poor lifestyle choices, with poor dietary habits leading the way.

70 percent of us are taking prescription pharmaceuticals

“Americans consume more medications than the rest of the world combined, with last year’s Mayo Clinic study indicating that 70 percent of us are taking prescription pharmaceuticals,” said Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project chief medical officer. “We firmly believe the prescription all clinicians should be prescribing is Culinary Rx, enabling us to get back to the foundation of using food as medicine.”

It’s time to seriously think about change.

In fact, wait a minute. This is so ridiculously understated. It’s not time to think about change, it’s time to start thinking, to be honest. I’m not a doctor or healthcare professional, but as a chef and CEO of Rouxbe, the evidence is pretty clear to me that we need to change our ways. People need to start doing a little bit of digging and open their eyes to see that we are eating ourselves into early graves.

At Rouxbe, we’ve seen some amazing work from a lot of great organizations trying to drive healthcare change. It’s inspiring. We’d like to contribute the culinary education piece to these valiant efforts as we believe that one of the key missing ingredients is teaching people how to cook delicious food. It’s easy to tell someone they need to eat a particular food, but if they can’t cook and make it taste delicious, there simply won’t be long-term change.