Concurrent Sessions

A5-b You’re the Chef – Hands on Nutrition Education

Theme 5. Why hasn’t this expanded: scalable pilot programs

Presentation Details

  • Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Concurrent Session A
  • Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm
  • Room: Pier 7 & 8
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Clinical providers

Learning Objectives

The objective of this presentation/poster is to demonstrate the benefits and the need for hands on nutrition education (HONE) in primary care.  Participants will learn about the community partnership between the TVFHT – St. Thomas location and Elgin St. Thomas Public Health.    Nutrition counseling in an office setting does not always translate into successful healthy eating changes.  Many patients lack the knowledge and skills necessary when working with fruit and vegetables.  YTC bridges the gap between knowledge and successful application of knowledge.


You’re the Chef (YTC) is a cooking program designed to develop skills and confidence in the kitchen. The program aims to help participants increase consumption of a variety of vegetables and fruit easily into their daily lives.  The program originated from Niagara Public Health with a focus on children and youth and Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH) adapted the program to meet the needs of their adult population.  A partnership between ESTPH and TVFHT – St. Thomas locations was formed to assist in meeting the needs of the Elgin county population. Each 3-4 week session provides a short demonstration on how to cut, select or use a particular vegetable or fruit and ensures that all recipes are kept to low cost food items. Participants also learn basic kitchen safety and safe food handling practices. Once the cooking is completed, participants sit down with the dietitian facilitators to discuss the nutritional benefits and any recipe substitutions that can be done.


  • Sonia Colautti, RD CDE, Thames Valley Family Health Team
  • Natalie Clark, Quality Specialist, Thames Valley Family Health Team
  • Elena Usdenski, RD MScFN

Authors & Contributors

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