285. Culinary Traditions to Promote Asian Health: New Research on Historic Cuisine

Sunday, October 27
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 119-AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149389

The Mediterranean diet is a well-studied cultural model of healthy eating, yet limited public health messaging is dedicated to healthy models from other cultures and cuisines, such as traditional Asian diets. Obesity rates for Asian Americans are rising faster than other demographics, highlighting the need for more inclusive dietary messaging. This session will make attendees aware of the resources that are available from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as well as resources from other health organizations. Examples of culturally relevant foods and food beliefs from the Far East, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent will help practitioners work with clients of Asian descent to build a meal plan or nutrition intervention that is respectful, practical, and culturally inclusive. This session will also update practitioners on considerations when conducting needs assessments (such as diabetes risk), as well as give a research update on studies of traditional Asian dietary models.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify at least two causes of the health disparities faced by Asian Americans.
  • Describe the characteristic foods and food traditions that are common across Asia, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent.
  • Adapt dietary interventions to reflect culturally relevant components for patients of Asian descent.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1040 Cultural sensitivity
  • 5190 Diabetes mellitus (disease/disorder)
  • 8015 Cultural/ethnic food & culinary practice

Performance Indicator:

  • 1.3.9 Recognizes and incorporates knowledge of cultural and/or religious foods, practices and preparation.
  • 13.2.7 Modifies recipes and menus that accommodate diverse health, economic and cultural needs in order to achieve nutritional goals and requirements.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


  • Molly Gee, MEd, RD, LD

    Managing Director

    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Speaker(s)

  • Lawrence Kushi, ScD

    Director of Scientific Policy

    Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

  • Ka Hei Karen Lau, MS RD, LDN, CDE

    Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator

    Joslin Diabetes Center