Food for Life Training: Agenda Topic Descriptions
Translating Nutrition Research into Community Education:
A Workshop for Implementing Diet-Related Chronic Disease Curricula
Welcome, Introductions, Strategy, and Overview of PCRM and the Food for Life Program
Learn about PCRM’s mission and its programs, publications, and initiatives to achieve its goals including the award-winning Food for Life nutrition and cooking class program. Since its inception in 2001, the Food for Life program continues to grow with 85 instructors in 150 cities and partners in more than 10 different nations. Together, PCRM is able to deliver the message of plant-based nutrition for disease prevention all over the world.
Discover how to operate as an independent Food for Life instructor following the best practices of a current, successful Food for Life instructor. Hear pointers on the keys to successfully teaching the Food for Life program including how to approach venues to host classes and how to attract class participants.
Learn about common nutrition myths related and the role of plant-based nutrition plays in fighting many common chronic diseases. Take advantage of the opportunity to have your nutrition questions answered by Dr. Neal Barnard.
Review guidelines of the Food for Life program with PCRM staff including required steps needed to maintain an active, rewarding relationship with the program.
Experience a Food for Life: The Power of Food for Cancer class from the perspective of a class attendee as it is presented by an accomplished Food for Life instructor. The live nutrition and cooking class will include a presentation of practical cooking skills and tips, a multimedia nutrition lecture, an interactive quiz, live cooking demonstrations of healthful recipes, and a tasting of delicious food samples.
Obtain information on key nutrients of concern for a healthful diet, tips on using the Power Plate as an educational tool in your classes, and discover resources from PCRM that make meal planning simple.
Gain critical knowledge of the technical aspects of the cooking operations for Food for Life classes. Hear tips on packing and storing food and equipment, reducing your class recipe demonstration grocery budget, safely preparing and storing food, and efficiently preparing and presenting the food for the cooking classes.
Learn about the latest research related to nutrition and cancer and how to incorporate this information into your classes. The presentation includes a Q-and-A session with one of PCRM’s staff dietitians.
Learn about the latest research related to nutrition and diabetes and participate in a Q-and-A session with PCRM’s director of diabetes education and care. This presentation will provide an overview of the Food for Life: The Power of Foods for Diabetes curricula.
Take the information you’ve learned from the previous presentation and learn how to best integrate it into your classes. Identify the logistical aspects of conducting the program in your community including efficiently preparing food, traveling, and staying organized.
Identify the marketing tools you will need to effectively promote the Food for Life program to your community. PCRM’s director of educational programs and marketing will walk instructor trainees through the steps, tools and techniques for successfully carry out the program including, finding class venues, filling seats, and building relationships with networks within your community
Obtain the skills needed to effectively communicate the mission of the Food for Life program and nutrition information to the press and greater public. Instructor trainees actively participate in media interview exercises and are given constructive feedback helpful to hone their on camera verbal skills.
Learn about the latest research related to children’s nutrition and participate in a Q-and-A session with one of PCRM’s staff dietitians. Receive an overview of the Food for Life: The Power of Food for Kids program including best practices for presenting nutrition information to children and their parents.
Perform a live nutrition and cooking demonstration using all of what was learned throughout the three-day training. Obtain constructive feedback from PCRM Food for Life program staff, an experienced Food for Life instructor, and fellow instructor trainees to implement effective program presentations in your community.
Engage in a Q-and-A session with PCRM Food for Life program staff about any remaining questions. Complete a training evaluation for submission. Nurses and dietitians will receive continuing education credit hours for the training.
Learn about PCRM Food for Life program sponsor, Vitamix, and its product’s many functions. Tips will be offered on how the Vitamix can make the cooking component of the class more effective. This presentation includes food samples.
Familiarize yourself with PCRM Food for Life program sponsor, Saladmaster, and the benefits of its cooking system. Get tips on using the cookware with class recipes and learn about the Saladmaster incentive program. This presentation includes food samples.