Program duration: 01/12/2019 - 30/11/2022

Dr. PED-Chef

Hands-on nutrition training for pediatric primary health care practitioners: A novel combination of culinary and applied nutritional education to promote healthy eating habits in childhood” - Dr. PED-Chef

Dr. PED-Chef is a three-year project (1/12/2019 – 30/11/2022) funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union, which aims to develop training for pediatric primary health care practitioners on childhood nutrition-related issues through the combination of hands-on nutrition science education with culinary medicine education, which is an innovative approach to improving eating behaviors.

WHO has raised the alarm on obesity related complications and mortality rates of NCDs. Pediatric care practitioners are at the front line of health provision to families and can address high risk populations. A relevant WHO report emphasizes that pediatric care professionals have an important role to play in tackling the childhood obesity epidemic, noting that “health professionals and all those providing services to children and adolescents need appropriate training on nutrition and diet, physical activity and the risk factors for developing obesity”. Nevertheless, significant gaps exist in nutritional knowledge and counseling skills, which could be related to the limited nutrition training in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. A survey among EU pediatricians revealed that although most were convinced of their role in obesity prevention, they did not feel sufficiently competent to deliver relevant services.

Dr. PED-Chef will develop an interactive training curriculum reflecting the needs of pediatric care practitioners for effective provision of healthy nutrition guidance to children and their families. Target groups are pediatricians, pediatric nurses, public health doctors and nurses, family doctors, medical and nursing students specializing in pediatrics and other professionals involved in pediatric care, e.g. midwifes.

In addition, the project aims to:

  • increase knowledge and skills in providing counseling on nutrition-dependent issues to pediatric patients
  • apply an innovative educational practice, i.e. culinary medicine education, including cooking and food skills that improve attitudes on healthy eating behaviors
  • advocate for the inclusion of nutritional issues to medical academic curricula

The consortium consists of 6 organizations from 6 countries: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain and Turkey.

Contact information 

Dina Zota, PhD: 
Pania Karnaki, MA:


Project Coordinator

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Norway

Project partners

CSI - Center for Social Innovation LTD, Cyprus
Prolepsis Institute, Greece
Andrology Pediatric and Adolescent Foundation, Italy
University of Navarra, Spain
Gazi University, Turkey