Iowa Culinary Ins​titute® at DMACC to Host Free 'Brain Food' Lunch & Learn Event

Posted 3/31/2023

​​April 11 event is designed to raise awareness of the importance of diet as it pertains to brain health

  • DMACC Culinary Arts professors and students will lead a discussion on the importance of diet to brain health.

  • The event will take place on April 11 and is free to attend; however, a $10 contribution is suggested.

  • The deadline to register for the event is April 7.

Can eating an avocado help you ace that sociology test? 

Can eating a handful of walnuts make your smarter?

DMACC Culinary Arts professors and students will examine these questions and lead an informal conversation about the importance of diet as it pertains to brain health, as well as to our gut and overall health, during a special Brain Food Lunch & Learn Event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tues., April 11, at the Iowa Culinary Institute® (ICI®) at DMACC in Bldg. 7 on the College's Ankeny Campus. 

The event's lunch menu will feature foods that are known to boost brain and overall health, and DMACC professors and students will share brief presentations on various topics related to food and brain health. 

“Good nutrition helps us function on a daily basis, and properly feeding our body with tools it needs to function can help our bodies and minds function better in our day-to-day lives," said Chef John Andres, Director of the Iowa Culinary Ins​titute® (ICI®) at DMACC. "If we are looking at long-term brain (and holistic) health, there are certainly specific foods that have shown to help build brain power and perhaps even stave off certain ailments and diseases that affect the brain. Fresh foods, leafy greens, berries, fatty fish, nuts and grains, and certain spices have all been shown to promote brain health over time." 

How to attend:

There is no cost to attend the Lunch & Learn event; however a $10 contribution is suggested and registration is required.

To register, please email Kristi Miller at​ by Fri., April 7, and include the following information: Your full name, the number of guests you plan to bring with you (if any); and any medical dietary requests.​

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