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Food for Life

FFL Virtual Training


Next training session: Oct. 25 – Dec. 17, 2021

Instructor Tuition: $999

Chernice Lane Benjamin


Food for Life instructors are individuals seeking to be independent, “freelance” 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 100% adherence to a completely plant-based diet. This includes not promoting other diet programs, even if you eat that way yourself. 

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. 

Application Requirements

Instructor applicants must: 

  • Complete the application form. 
  • Include your resume as a PDF. 
  • Include a link to a short video (3-5 minutes) of yourself carrying out a cooking demonstration. 
  • 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). 
  • 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. 

Application submissions are closed. Sign-up for updates for the 2022 training.

Institution Tuition: $1,249

FFL class


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.

Application Requirements 

  • Food for Life institution applicants must: 
  • Complete the application form. 
  • Include your resume as a PDF. 

Application submissions are closed. Sign-up for updates for the 2022 training.

Training Overview

The online training includes on-demand and live courses with homework assignments for each course. 

Weeks 1-2: Oct. 25 – Nov. 7 (6-9 hours of presentations for the two weeks)

Live session (1 hour): Although attending live is encouraged, live sessions will be recorded if you have a scheduling conflict.

Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. ET: Welcome, meet the D.C.-based team, and some of your fellow trainees.

Presenters:

Recorded sessions (6-8 hours):

Strategy Overview: Get to know the history of the Food for Life program

Introduction to Food for Life Curricula: Learn the contents and structure of each of the Food for Life curricula and how you can teach them.

  • Presenter: Lorin Harik, Food for Life Program Manager

Attend a Food for Life Class: Watch real prerecorded Food for Life classes to see how our expert instructors deliver the content.

Instructors:

Assignments (5-7 hours):

  • Connect with your fellow trainees.
  • Connect with Current instructors.
  • Reflect on the curricula and class session.

Objectives: 

  • Describe the history of the organization, its curriculum, and its educational tools. 
  • Describe the experience of sitting in a Food for Life class. 
  • Discuss and demonstrate methods of teaching quick, easy, low-fat cooking. 

Weeks 3-4: Nov. 8 - 21 (10 hours of presentations for the two weeks)

Live sessions (1.5 hours): Although attending live is encouraged, live sessions will be recorded if you have a scheduling conflict.

Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET: Meet with Physicians Committee Founder and President Neal Barnard, MD, for an open Q&A.

Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET: Networking Session (optional)

Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET: Meet with the Physicians Committee’s Dietitians for an open Q&A.

Presenters:  

Nov. 19 from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET: Ask Us Anything/Office Hours (optional)

Recorded sessions (8.5 hours):

Administrative Functions How to Sessions: Learn some of the administrative functions and procedures of the Food for Life program.

  • Presenter: Lorin Harik, Food for Life Program Manager

Nutrition Topics: Learn the basics of plant-based nutrition science from our team of experts. Doctors, dietitians, and nurses can earn 4.0 CME/CEU from this content.

Presenters:

Sales, Marketing, and Business Best Practices: Learn from our leadership team and fellow instructors how to market your classes to bring in attendees and setup your business to reach a wide audience.

The Road to Success

Making It Work: Plantspiration - The Success of an Instructor’s Organization

Assignments (7.5 hours):

  • Reflect on the nutrition topics.
  • Create your business plan and develop resources using our templates for promotion.
  • Go through the administrative step to create your first class.

Objectives: 

  • Identify marketing tools to enhance the educational program. 
  • Describe nutrients of concern for a healthful diet for disease prevention/survival and how to convey nutrition knowledge to class participants. 
  • Practice cultural sensitivity and competency and inclusivity in your Food for Life classes. 
  • Execute administrative requirements for a successful program.

Week 5: Nov. 22 - 28

Holiday week - make up any work that has been missed.

Weeks 6-8: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17 (9-12 hours of presentations for the three weeks)

Live sessions (3-4 hours): To be scheduled in small groups to accommodate your schedule. These are the only mandatory live sessions for the program.

Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. ET: Mock Media Interviews

Cooking Demonstration: Trainees cook a Food for Life recipe live for a small group and receive feedback from the team and fellow trainees.

Dec. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET: Networking Session (optional)

Dec. 13 at 12:30 p.m. ET: Ask Us Anything/Office Hours (optional)

Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET: Graduation

Presenters:  

Recorded sessions (11 hours):

Media Training:  Learn how to work with the media and set yourself up to look and sound your best.

Putting the Curricula Into Practice: Hear from a current instructor about best practices for leading live and online classes

  • Presenter: Chris Kalinich, Food for Life Instructor licensed in 2018

Nutrition Education: Continue the nutrition education relevant to Food for Life by watching assigned lectures from past Physicians Committee conferences. Doctors, dietitians, and nurses can earn 5.5 CME/CEU from this content.

Presenters: 

Cultural Competency: Ensure your classes are inclusive to all with increased awareness and practical skills for reaching all audience demographics. Doctors, dietitians, and nurses can earn 2.0 CME/CEU from this content.

Presenters:

Assignments (15-20 hours):

  • Complete presentation assignments.
  • Prepare for your live cooking demonstration.
  • Plan your first Food for Life class.
  • Submit training survey

Objectives: 

  • Describe orally and in writing new nutrition knowledge. 
  • Perform and provide feedback for Food for Life cooking demonstrations, the core element of the Food for Life program. 
  • Describe the best practices used for live and online classes.
  • Discuss nutrition information to the public/press. 

Scholarships

The Physicians Committee is proud to offer a limited number of grant awards to attend the 2021 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 will 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 FFL 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 that they meet the criteria for the grant award may apply by completing the scholarship section within in 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.