Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education

“Providers have done a poor job equipping the next generation to manage and prevent obesity. We have to do a better job.”

- Dr. Kofi Essel, General Academic Pediatrics Fellow at Children’s National Health System

Many of America’s health care professionals are not prepared to consistently deliver effective counseling on maintaining a healthy weight, diet, and physical activity level, despite staggering rates of obesity and related chronic diseases.


Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winners

Health professional training programs that are ahead of the curve in providing nutrition, physical activity and obesity counseling education to their students

The most innovative program for future health care professionals

The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine

at Tulane University

The most innovative student-led program

KNIGHTS student-run free clinic

at University of Central Florida College of Medicine

The most innovative program for current health care professionals

Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures

An Obesity-Centered Home Visitation Curriculum for Pediatric Residents at Children’s National Health System


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Hear from the Award Winners

Interested in the motivation, innovation, and impact of our awardees? Learn more from the people behind the programs.

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Dr. Magdalena Pasarica is the Faculty Advisor and Medical Director for the KNIGHTS Clinic.

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Dr. Timothy Harlan is the Executive Director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.

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Dr. Kofi Essel is a General Academic Pediatrics Fellow at Children’s National Health System.

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How Can we Better Prepare Health Care Professionals to Combat the Obesity Epidemic?

Fewer than 30% of the medical schools are meeting the minimum number of hours of education in nutrition and exercise science recommended by the National Academy of Sciences.


" There’s a critical need for new ways to teach obesity prevention and lifestyle management..."

- Dr. Magdalena Pasarica, Faculty Advisor and Medical Director for the KNIGHTS Student-Run Free Clinic at University of Central Florida College of Medicine


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