Collaborating with top universities and scientists, the CIA is cultivating a healthier, more sustainable―and most importantly, delicious―future. Here are just a few of the partnerships that guide the direction of our industry and benefit our students.
A joint initiative of the CIA and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives educates physicians, nurses, registered dietitians, hospital executives, and other healthcare professionals on the latest research in diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices, and takes it one step further, teaching them how to prepare healthy, delicious meals on a budget, so that they, in turn, can educate their patients and clients.
Menus of Change®, a ground-breaking partnership between the CIA and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health works to realize a long-term, practical vision for integrating optimal nutrition and public health, environmental stewardship and restoration, and social responsibility within the foodservice industry and culinary profession. In recent years, the restaurant industry has implemented many of the culinary strategies set forth by Menus of Change, most notably, the blended burger, which was added to the menus of many restaurants across the country last year, including chains like Sonic Drive-In and Shake Shack.
The Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, led by Stanford University and The Culinary Institute of America, is a working group of nearly 50 organizations, including Columbia, Princeton, Tufts, and Yale Universities, the U.S. Navy, Google, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, with a mission of instilling life-long, healthy and sustainable food choices among students—who will soon be parents and adult decision-makers. The collaborative connects diverse insights from academic researchers, dining operators, and nutrition and sustainability managers.