How to Talk About Food: Best Practices for Culturally Appropriate Conversations

Presented by: Breana Lai Killeen, MPH, RD

We all talk about food multiple times a day. We talk about what we cook, our favorite restaurants, what we ate last night, and what we want to eat next. Food is a connector for all humans because we all have to eat. In this presentation, we’ll delve into the best practices for culturally appropriate conversations about food. The presentation will highlight culturally appropriate dietary counseling practices from a culinary lens, practices that may be used to better connect with patients, families, and caregivers. Presented by Breana Lai Killeen, MPH, RD, a dietitian, chef, farmer, former Test Kitchen Manager for EatingWell Magazine and an expert in culturally competent recipe development.

At the end of this presentation, the attendee should be able to:

  1. Describe the questions to ask to appropriately learn about what a person or family of another culture eats.
  2. Delve into the dos and don’ts of talking about food with patients of other cultures.
  3. Understand how culturally appropriate conversations about food can translate to better clinical rapport for other types of care.
  4. Understand how to appropriately present and talk about food during the holidays.

Please note you will need to answer a few questions to view the webinar recording and to access your CPE.

Breana Lai Killeen, MPH, RD

Breana Lai Killeen is a recipe developer, culinary nutritionist, and marketing specialist with 15+ years of experience creating editorial and digital content for top brands. She has written and edited over 2500 recipes, blogs, and articles for publications and websites such as EatingWell Magazine,, Allrecipes, and Souper Products LLC…

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