If we know what foods are healthy, why don’t we eat them?

by · June 15, 2016

Healthy Food

The inclusion of more plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains into our daily meals and snacks has proven to make people not only feel better but can treat and even reverse chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

We all know this, right? If so, then why aren’t we eating this way?

Among the barriers between knowing what is healthy and actually eating what is healthy is that many of us don’t cook much anymore. If we do, we tend to choose what’s expedient, which generally means processed foods and other not-so-healthy choices. What if we were better able to confidently prepare delicious meals and snacks using fresh, whole ingredients without taking up significant time in our busy lives?

At Rouxbe Cooking School we’ve been addressing this challenge for over 10 years.

We’ve learned that the missing link between food and health is cooking. It’s that simple.

Now, we aren’t suggesting that your employees rush to buy another celebrity chef cookbook of trendy recipes or devour more episodes of Chopped on the Food Network. Cooking is a learned skill – more than just following a recipe. We’ve taught over 200,000 students in 180 countries, including professionals, how to cook so they can successfully execute their favorite recipes – and discover how to come up with their own. Rouxbe’s 100% online instruction is like attending a professional culinary school in the convenience of your own kitchen.

Rouxbe developed a specific nutrition literacy and transitional cooking course called Culinary Rx to teach your entire workforce healthy cooking skills with delicious results.

The most successful wellness programs include initiatives that engage people, whether to enhance morale or to drive better health outcomes. Culinary Rx does both.

CulinaryRX-logoSince its launch in 2015, over 1,500 people from around the world have taken Culinary Rx. This 60-day course is self-paced, meaning there are no required dates or times to be online. The program is accessed 24/7 from any Internet connection. There are live events from top physicians and nutrition experts and graduates even receive a Certificate of Completion. Once joining the course, it is theirs for life to continue further skill development and behavioral change. Imagine how this can impact their entire families!

The online delivery makes this exceptionally cost-effective on a scale that reaches all of your team – from 10 to 10,000 – anywhere in the world. This is much more effective than a 2-hour cooking class at your workplace.

I’d like to share with you the positive results from a recent survey of Culinary Rx participants:

  • 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

Our goal is to help people make the challenging shift to a healthier diet and in a manner that drives long-term behavioral change. People 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 while enjoying the process. That’s exactly what happens with Culinary Rx participants.

Learn more about Culinary Rx.

Learn more about Rouxbe’s Corporate Wellness Programs.

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