On Friday, March 11, students in our Dietetics program and in UBC’s Dental Hygiene program were recognized for their recent collaborative work in writing consumer articles that link nutrition with oral health. Under the leadership of LFS Lecturer Dr. Gail Hammond and Assistant Professor Dr. Leeann Donnelly, UBC Dentistry, the students produced two articles for publication in ChopChop, a fun magazine for families with a circulation of over 500,000 copies per issue.
The celebratory event had Vij’s Kitchen buzzing all day with chef demos, student presentations, and teams of three—one dietetics student, one dental hygiene student, and a local elementary school student—making fresh pasta, sauce, salad, and a chocolate dessert. A big thanks to Dr. Greg Chang, a UBC Dentistry Alum and creator of SuperChefs, a cooking program that teaches kids basic cooking skills and nutrition, for arranging the chef demos, providing the food, and creating a video of the event.
This inter-faculty, interprofessional partnership immersed our students in hands-on collaborative work with other health professional students, not unlike what will be expected of them in the workplace. Gail, Leeann and Greg look forward to working with new dietetics and dental hygiene students to produce a series of nutrition and oral health articles for ChopChop magazine that will profile the Faculties of Land and Food Systems, and Dentistry across North America.