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Culinary medicine is an educational and nutritional approach to improving eating behaviors and overall health by focusing on food shopping, storage, and meal preparation skills. In this virtual series, you will learn about the science and evidence behind a plant-based eating pattern and the benefits to your health as well as how to cook healthy, delicious meals you and your family will love!
Each program will be offered virtually via zoom and will begin with a didactic presentation from our medical experts Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD, Lauri Nandyal, MD, and Pamela Sharpe, FNP-BC followed by a cooking demonstration led by Chef Stephanie Michalak, EdD. An ingredients list will be shared beforehand, as well as the recipes demonstrated.
Registration for Cooking for Optimal Health is $25 per session or $60 for all 3 sessions. In order to apply the discount, registrants will need to add each session to their cart and enter promo code COOK2023 when checking out.
UC Health Associates can earn 100 thrive points for attending each session in this series, and up to 300 points for attending all three sessions! Email Susie McDonald if you would like points to be added by the UC Health Thrive Team.
Eligible faculty and staff can earn 1,000+ Be Well UC points in the Virgin Pulse portal with UC’s employee wellness program for attending offerings with the Osher Center for Integrative Health, and earn up to $300 every calendar year. Get started by creating an account or logging in, click the “Home” icon near the top, then, click “Rewards”. Scroll (or search) to the “Participation” category. Click “Attend a UC sponsored event”. Fill out brief from and submit!
Director, Osher Center for Integrative Health | Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, UC College of Medicine
Dr. Cotton is a licensed clinical psychologist and founding director of the UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and UC Health Integrative Medicine. A Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Cotton has an active research lab with ongoing clinical studies focusing primarily on mindfulness-based interventions and integrative medicine practice-based research. In 2007, Dr. Cotton was awarded a K23 career development award by the National Institutes of Health to examine the role of spiritual coping and health-related quality of life in adolescents with a chronic illness. A former Board member for the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine and Health, she is often invited to speak with community organizations and businesses, healthcare audiences, and academics about mind-body medicine for stress reduction, and preventive and wellness-based approaches to healthcare.
Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD, has worked in the fields of immunogenetics and molecular and cancer biology, contributing to the understanding of interactions between the environment and our genes. His clinical work focuses now on lifestyle-related chronic diseases.
As an internist, Dr. Golubic has practiced and directed educational and research activities within integrative and lifestyle medicine since 2009 with a group of exceptional lifestyle medicine professionals (dietitians, chefs, yoga instructors, exercise physiologists, meditation teachers, etc.) within the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
Outside of the health system, he enjoys time with his family and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Chef Stephanie Michalak White has worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade. She has worked in many environments, including small restaurants, pop-ups, catering, high volume, and farm-to-table establishments. She holds a bachelor of professional studies in culinary arts management from the Culinary Institute of America, a master of arts in food studies from New York University, and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University.
Previously, Chef Stephanie designed curriculum, taught, and catered for a teaching kitchen on an organic farm in Cincinnati, Ohio, centered around using local, seasonal ingredients. She also held a position on the Chef Advisory Committee for the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative. During her doctoral studies, her research focused on food insecurity in higher education. Now, Stephanie helps oversee two online academic programs for the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts: Plant-Based Culinary Arts and Holistic Nutrition & Wellness as well as working with the Osher Center for Integrative Health at UC teaching food as medicine principles. When she is not working or researching, Stephanie is an avid painter and enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband, Nick, and three rescue dogs, Jack, Mac, and Ned.
Integrative Medicine Provider
Pamela Sharpe, FNP-BC, specializes in integrative and lifestyle medicine. She believes every person can obtain notable benefits with the implementation of Lifestyle Medicine which utilizes a whole food plant-based eating pattern, physical activity, sleep for restoration, management of stress, positive social connections, and avoidance of toxic substances as an evidence-based therapeutic modality.
Food as Medicine
Her journey started with food, trained as a chef. She wanted to create higher-quality nutritional meals for her family and friends, some of whom were affected adversely by chronic health and lifestyle-related conditions. Seeking to gain an even greater understanding, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s in in Food and Nutrition with Pre-Med and Chemistry. This helped to provide a greater understanding of advanced nutrition, biochemistry, and human metabolism as related to wellness, diseases, and chronic conditions. Armed with this knowledge, she went on to gain graduate-level training and experience as an ANCC Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Combining Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine
In clinical practice, she has found patients utilizing allopathic and osteopathic medicine, in combination with the use of evidence-based lifestyle medicine and integrative therapies, help patients to address or improve areas of life-related to stress, sleep, nutrition, and movement. Additionally, if applicable working with patients to eliminate intake of any health-harming substances which can lead to greater overall areas of better-quality health and wellbeing.
Good Catch Award Recipient
Most recently, Pamela was awarded the Good Catch Award. A recognition related to a patient who came in for a routine acute visit. On further examination, she discovered the patient needed immediate life-saving treatment. Pamela worked with an interdisciplinary team to help provide resources and care while getting the patient transported to obtain life-sustaining medical care and treatment. The patient survived and a major chronic condition was discovered, appropriate treatment was started, and the patient was able to thrive without many alterations in their quality of life.
Leading Health Improvement with Lifestyle Change
Pamela is passionate about healthcare and having the opportunity to work with patients to improve their lifestyle and health. Her philosophy is that it is never too late to change and even the smallest changes can lead to lasting results. With intensive lifestyle changes, one can see significant changes in the optimization of many acute and chronic conditions. Some conditions may not be able to be reversed but implementing lifestyle and integrative medicine can help decrease pain, stress, improve sleep and mood, as well as helping patients live their lives to the fullest.
Outside of work, Pamela enjoys taking long walks in nature with family, friends, and her dog. She loves bike riding, as well as creating and cooking mostly whole-food plant-based recipes.
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