Culinary Medicine: Healthier Choices

Activity description

This activity is part of an education series that focuses on clinically relevant topics germane to care coordination and disease management in an effort to reduce (re)admissions and educate health care providers on how best to empower their patients.

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This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses and other health care professionals (HCPs) who are interested in learning about culinary medicine.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define culinary medicine and understand its applications
  • Identify major opportunities in the practice of culinary medicine and learn some pearls
  • Develop an awareness of the need to address health issues as related to food intake
  • Apply the concepts learned to yourself and support patients/members on the implementation of ongoing healthy eating and physical activity behaviors

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Medical Director, Community Plans of Texas

Dr. Calo is originally from Puerto Rico, where he received his medical degree from Cayey School of Medicine in 1981. He completed a family residency program in Yonkers, New York in 1984 and became a board-certified family physician and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1985. He earned a Master's degree in medical management from Tulane University, New Orleans in 1999. Dr. Calo also recently became certified as a culinary medicine specialist.

Dr. Calo practiced family medicine for 20 years in solo and group practice settings, but he has also served as a medical director for PacifiCare and Hospitalists of San Antonio, Texas, and a regional medical director for a 170,000 member IPA in San Diego, California. In October 2005, he returned to his adopted home state of Texas, taking the position of Chief Medical Officer for Schaller Anderson of Texas and Valley Baptist Health Plans. In 2012, he joined UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas. Currently, he works with the Optum Medical Claims Review team.

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

All activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statement

The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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