Mobile Kitchen Extends OSU Wexner’s Community Outreach

By Kent Hamaker posted 09-14-2018 08:18

Major medical center’s nutrition services can now take its healthy dining promotion campaign on the road thanks to its new demo center on wheels.

Community outreach is an increasingly important part of the mission for many healthcare institutions, and often their nutrition services department takes on a big role in promoting healthy lifestyles, usually through cooking demonstrations and presentations on healthy eating.

One major healthcare institution that has taken this mission seriously—and taken it on the road—is The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC), with its new Mobile Education Kitchen (MEK).

“We found there was a great need for us and a lot of requests to go out into the community and put a chef with a dietitian to help educate populations on nutrition and its health impact,” says Mike Folino, associate director of nutrition services at OSUWMC. “And we thought, what better way to do this than by a [dedicated vehicle] as we had been doing it out of the back seat of somebody’s car.”

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