Next training session: Sept. 20 – Nov. 15, 2022
Instructor Tuition: $999
Food for Life instructors are individuals seeking to be independent, freelance plant-based cooking instructors who teach at community venues or online to their local community. This includes small business owners, medical professionals, and anyone with a passion for plant-based nutrition and wellness.
Instructor applicants must have a passion for promoting plant-based nutrition for general good health, and a personal adherence to primarily whole food, plant-based eating that is 100% free from animal products (including honey). This includes not promoting other diet protocols, even if you eat that way yourself. To see if your way of eating aligns with the Food for Life program, review Physicians Committee recipes or our Vegan Kickstart app.
Applicants must be willing and able to market the Food for Life classes in your community, secure venues and audiences, and handle administrative details with the Food for Life team.
Applicants must have strong oral presentation, organizational, and business or entrepreneurial skills, as well as experience in cooking and food presentation.
Instructors are not able to train other individuals to teach the curricula. One must complete the Physicians Committee’s training to become an instructor.
Instructor applicants must:
- Complete the application form.
- Include your resume as a PDF.
- Include a link to a short video (three to five minutes) of yourself carrying out a cooking demonstration. A video exceeding five minutes will result in a lower application score.
- The video can be homemade from a home kitchen or a staged cooking class attended by family and friends.
- The video must be submitted via a website link (e.g., YouTube).
- Single-ingredient cooking demonstrations will not be accepted.
- Smoothies and meals cooked in a kitchen appliance (e.g., blenders, pressure cookers) will not be accepted. Elements of a dish can be prepared in a kitchen appliance, but not the entire final product.
PCRM's Food for Life program is unique in that it is well-rooted in the science of whole-food, plant-based nutrition. Instructors have a community of fellow teachers and Physicians Committee staff from which to receive ongoing support.
Asha Subramanian, MD, MPH, Food for Life Instructor
Institution Tuition: $1,249
Food for Life institutions are for-profit businesses or nonprofit organizations planning to incorporate the Food for Life class curricula into their current wellness offerings. This includes schools, medical institutions, restaurants, fitness and health centers, etc., with a wellness mission. It also includes employers interested in improving the health and productivity of their employees while reducing absenteeism and health care costs.
Food for Life institutions are licensed to teach the program exclusively to their customers, patients, or employees and have the unique option to train other colleagues to teach the Food for Life curricula at their workplace.
A Food for Life institution applicant must have their own establishment with meeting space capable of holding Food for Life classes. The applicant must have their establishment at the time of applying. The institution may only teach in their place of business or online to their customers, patients, and/or employees, not at other venues in the community at large.
Applicants must be willing and able to market the Food for Life classes from their place of business to their customers, patients, and/or staff and handle administrative details with the Food for Life team.
Applicants must have a representative from the institution who will teach and/or train colleagues to lead the Food for Life curricula and a business plan for integrating it into their existing wellness offerings. The license to teach Food for Life classes is granted to the institution and not an individual. The institution representative participating in the training will serve as the point of contact for Food for Life. Employees of the institution may teach Food for Life classes at the place of business. No employee is eligible to teach classes once their employment with the institution ends.
Institutions are not eligible for the scholarship.
- Food for Life institution applicants must:
- Complete the application form.
- Include your resume as a PDF.
Basic Program Licensure Guidelines*
The Food for Life program advances evidence-based dietary recommendations: a plant-based, low-fat, high-fiber, primarily whole food diet. Food for Life does not promote other dietary protocols, such as macrobiotic; raw food; gluten-free; organic; non-GMO; local/seasonal; salt-, oil-, and sugar-free (aka S.O.S.); etc.—even if the licensed instructor or institution staff eat this way.
There are set curricula for the Food for Life courses to ensure programmatic uniformity and message consistency with the delivery of the program. There is some room for adjustment; however, the Food for Life courses are intended to be delivered as set out in the lesson plans.
The Physicians Committee does not collect proceeds from the fees that licensed instructors or institutions may charge participants and/or venues for their Food for Life classes.
There is an annual Food for Life license renewal fee of $199 (subject to change) for instructors and institutions. The Physicians Committee incentivizes the reduction or waiver of the standard license renewal fee through teaching classes (terms and conditions apply). The Food for Life license includes several benefits, including Physicians Committee membership, exclusive discounts on educational and business development programs, license to teach all program curricula, access to the program resource library, etc.
In addition to the nutrition education and cooking instruction, a key component of the Food for Life classes is the dissemination of educational handouts and literature to the participants. For online classes, electronic files of the handouts may be disseminated to participants via email, for example. For in-person classes, hard copies of the literature are required to be disseminated to participants. Instructors and institutions based in the United States are required to purchase class literature at a discounted rate from the Physicians Committee. International instructors and institutions may have copies of the literature professionally printed domestically.
The successful administration of Food for Life requires recordkeeping, promotion, providing class participant support, and class preparation. This may involve setting up a business or nonprofit entity, creating a website, executing a class registration system, and more.
*Upon completion of the training, Instructor and Institution trainees will receive comprehensive agreements that address all program licensure guidelines.
The Food for Life program gave me the words to convey what my heart wanted to say but did not know how. The instructor training, resources, and support are thorough, straightforward, and convenient.
Darylin Berryman, Food for Life Instructor
The online training includes on-demand and live courses with homework assignments for each course.
Time Commitment: 6-8 hours per/week for 7 weeks
Schedule: Most content is completed on your own schedule. Live, online sessions will take place on the following dates. Live sessions will be recorded if you have a scheduling conflict, however, live participation is strongly encouraged.
Tuesdays at 8p.m. ET on:
- Sept. 20
- Sept. 27
- Oct. 4
- Oct. 11
- Oct. 25
- Nov. 15
Optional live Networking and Office Hours sessions on:
- Fri, Sept. 23 at 12p.m. ET
- Fri, Sept. 30 at 12p.m. ET
- Fri, Oct. 7 at 12p.m. ET
- Mon, Nov. 14 at 12p.m. ET
The course consists of the following three parts:
Part I (Sept. 20 – Oct. 3)
- Welcome and Introduction
- Overview of the Food for Life Program
- Curricula Overview
- Observe Food for Life Classes
- Media Training
Part II* (Oct. 4 – Oct. 17):
- Marketing Best Practices
- Partners and Sponsors
- Class Set-up and Delivery
- Program Operations
*One Week Break (Oct. 18 – Oct. 24): This break provides time to complete assignments and prepare for your cooking demonstration.
Part III (Oct. 25 – Nov 15):
- Cultural Competency for Class Diversity and Inclusion
- Nutrition Education Topics
- Hands-on Mock Cooking Demonstrations
- Meet our Food for Life Training Speakers
The Physicians Committee is proud to offer a limited number of grant awards to attend the 2022 Online Food for Life Course Training and to start Food for Life businesses. The grants are aimed at supporting people who intend to deliver Food for Life classes to populations most impacted by health disparities, including the Black and Latino communities. Those applying for the grant award will be asked to demonstrate their financial need, their plans to bring Food for Life classes to underserved communities, and how they will use the grant award to build their Food for Life business. Grant award recipients may receive:
- A waiver of the $999 instructor training fee.
- Funding to support the development of their Food for Life business, including but not limited to:
- Marketing and advertising including social media presence development, website optimization, Facebook and Instagram ads, SEO, etc.
- Website development, including domain name registration, website design, etc.
- Email marketing service fees
- Business development, professional development and education
- Hiring professional services providers, including a graphic designer, accountant, copy editor, website developer, photographer for a headshot or food photos, etc.
- Print material expenses including the purchasing of Physicians Committee print materials and printing the Food for Life self-print pieces, etc.
Grant award recipients will be required to sign a grant agreement committing to using the funds as the Physicians Committee has set out and to provide a report on the use of the funds.
Those who feel they meet the criteria for the grant award may apply by completing the scholarship section within the Instructor application. To access the Instructor application, click the “Apply” button in the Instructor section above. There is no separate application for the scholarship.
If you have general questions about the training, contact apply [at] fflclasses.org.