A Teaching Kitchen as an Asset for the Whole University Community

The UBC membership is a collaboration between the BC Brain Wellness Program and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, which houses the Dietetics program at UBC. The renovated culinary lab in the Food, Nutrition, and Health building, called Vij’s Kitchen, was named for Chef Vikram Vij, who donated $250,000 toward the culinary lab’s renovation. The kitchen has six kitchen stations, a demonstration kitchen, and new audiovisual equipment. Its uses span undergraduate and graduate dietetic student instruction; nutrition education of varsity sports teams; and inter-professional nutrition education of dental hygiene students and dietitian students.

The membership partner, BC Brain Wellness Program, is a unique and interactive program establishing clinically relevant lifestyle approaches to complement medical treatment in the clinics at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC. The program’s goal is to improve and sustain quality of life and function for its participants while pursuing rigorous research into lifestyle interventions for brain health. The team currently offers 27 different free lifestyle based courses to over 1,100 individuals. They plan to offer a weekly nutrition and cooking class for program participants to help promote nutrition in the role of healing. They also aim to offer culinary medicine for members of allied health/medicine through inter-professional collaboration between physicians and registered dietitians. Finally, a research project is also underway that will include a nutrition class for healthy agers. The BC Brain Wellness Program is designed as a learning health care system—it will continuously evolve and improve based on research findings and feedback from participants.

Snapshot

Key Demographics

Our facilities provide hands-on experience to Dietetics students and various student groups at UBC, to learn food theory and preparation, and promote excellent health through nutrition. 

Quick Facts

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1 physician, 5 dietitians, 2 food scientists, 1 research manager, and 1 program assistant.

Built-in kitchen in a university setting

IMPACT

We are leveraging the collective power of clinical care, lifestyle programs, education, and research to design a comprehensive and integrated approach to brain wellness for people with chronic brain conditions, care partners and healthy agers.

BC Brain Wellness Mission

Publications

 

Kheirmandparizi M, Sorrini S, Plourde H, Cohen T. Changes in Dietary Intake After an 8-week Meal-Kit Delivery Program in Adults With an Overweight Condition or Obesity. Current Developments in Nutrition, 2021 June;5(Supplement 2), 978-978.

Bouchaud C, Slim M, Gouin J, Plourde H, Cohen T. Qualitative Evaluation of a Diet Self-Monitoring Tool in a Sample of Older Adults. Current Developments in Nutrition, 2021 June;5(Supplement 2), 965-965.

Angeles P, Wang Y, Heidl A, Farnesi B, Alberga A, Cohen T. Suitability of a Post-Operative Bariatric Nutrition Education Tool. Current Developments in Nutrition, 2021 June;5(Supplement 2), 1194-1194.

Cochrane K, Elango R, Devlin A, Hutcheon J, Karakochuk C. Anemia Prevalence and Iron Supplementation Practices Among Pregnant Women in Vancouver, Canada. Current Developments in Nutrition, 2021 June;5(Supplement 2), 733-733.

Montgomery S, Lee A, Sarbar N, Zibrik D, Lamers Y. High Prevalence of Vitamin D Inadequacy During Late Postpartum in Canadian Mothers. Current Developments in Nutrition, 2021 June;5(Supplement_2), 790-790.

Zhang HA, Kitts DD. Turmeric and its bioactive constituents trigger cell signaling mechanisms that protect against diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 2021 June;1-30.

Stefanska B, Boycott C, Beetch M, de Conti A, Pogribny I. Supplementation of Choline-Deficient Diet With Pterostilbene Attenuates Cancer Development and Epigenetic Dysregulation of Gene Expression in Rat Livers. Current Developments in Nutrition, 2021 June;5(Supplement 2), 280.

Yang T, Boycott C, Lubecka K, Stefanska B. BRUNOL5 as a Novel Oncogene Is Epigenetically Regulated by Stilbenoids in Primary Liver Cancer Cells. Current Developments in Nutrition, 2021 June;5(Supplement 2), 287.

Metcalfe-Roach A, Yu A, Golz E, Cirstea M, Sundvick K, Kliger D, Foulger L, Mackenzie M, Finlay B, Appel-Cresswell S. MIND and Mediterranean Diets Associated with Later Onset of Parkinson’s Disease. Movement Disorders. 2021 Jan;36(4)977-984.

Press

UBC Dietetics & Medicine Students Collaborate in Vij’s Kitchen,” February 2020

UBC Dietetics and Dental Hygiene Students Team Up to Promote Nutrition and Oral Health,” March 2016

Vancouver Sun, “Vij’s Kitchen sets up at UBC,” January 2013

SuperChefs.org, “Healthy Eating Interprofessional Education Program at University of British Columbia