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About the Shape Your Future Healthy Kitchen

Food plays a major role in shaping the health of individuals, families and communities. Shape Your Future, the OU Culinary Medicine Program and KJRH-TV (Channel 2, Tulsa) are joining forces to bring easy, healthy recipes to life for Oklahoma families. The Shape Your Future Healthy Kitchen strives to teach Oklahomans how to eat better, get creative in the kitchen and fill half their plate with fruits and veggies. Join in as Chef Valarie Carter prepares healthy recipes every Sunday during the 8 a.m. news hour and again on Monday at noon.

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About OU Culinary Medicine

Culinary medicine combines evidence-based dietary guidelines for disease prevention and treatment with practical cooking skills. OU Culinary Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of local communities through the power of food. They teach medical students, residents, physicians and patients the practice of mindful eating and how to prepare healthy, affordable meals. They also work with community partners to implement and evaluate the benefits of healthy food system changes.

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About Chef Valarie P. Carter, MPH, CPH, CHE

An Oklahoma native, Chef Carter earned her MPH at the OU Hudson College of Public Health in Tulsa as well as a degree in culinary arts from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She also completed the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program from Cornell University and is currently pursuing certification as a lifestyle medicine professional. Chef Carter is the head chef for the culinary medicine program at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine, where she co-facilitates culinary medicine classes for medical, physician assistant and interprofessional student learners.

Formerly, Chef Carter worked as a culinary instructor and consultant for Cooking for Kids, an organization tasked with improving the child nutrition programs in public schools across the state. She is a former editor of Edible Tulsa magazine and former columnist and contributor for the Tulsa World and several local magazines.

Chef Carter has also worked as a personal chef, as well as in hotels, country clubs and fine dining restaurants. She served as a special events coordinator at Bricktown Entertainment in Oklahoma City and as a culinary arts faculty instructor at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology for five years. Chef Carter has been a member and vice president of the Tulsa Farmers Market, Women Chefs and Restauranteurs and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is also a Certified Hospitality Educator through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

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