About the
Teaching Kitchen Collaborative

The Teaching Kitchen Collaborative (TKC) is an invitational network of thought leading organizations using teaching kitchen facilities as catalysts of enhanced personal and public health across medical, community, school, and corporate settings.

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Our vision is that teaching kitchens will be used as catalysts of enhanced personal and public health across medical, corporate, school and community settings.

We see a future where healthcare payers and employers will provide teaching kitchen programming— in person and virtual—to guide patients and employees through large-scale behavior change while saving millions in avoidable medical costs for preventable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Our mission is to enable early adopters to learn about each other’s facilities and educational programs, to develop best practices for reproducing and scaling various models and programs, and to operate a research network to assess the clinical, behavioral, and financial impact of the TKC model.

The TKC launched in 2016 with a group of early advocates for teaching kitchens as a public health intervention, under the leadership of Dr. David Eisenberg. In 2020, the TKC became a 501c3 and now has 35 member organizations. 

The epidemics of obesity and diabetes in the United States have profoundly negative impacts on people, the healthcare system, and the economy. Underlying chronic disease leads to a higher mortality rate for COVID-19. Food insecurity is a major risk factor for health. Enter teaching kitchens–where people learn to eat, cook, move and think more healthfully–for a lifetime of better health.

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