Dr. Julia Nordgren is a physician, an expert in childhood obesity and cholesterol disorders, and a trained chef.
She received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 1999. She is a board-certified pediatrician, and a specialist in dyslipidemias, weight management, and heart disease prevention. She is an active member of the National Lipid Association’s Pediatric Practice Management Committee, which strives to prevent heart disease through early lifestyle interventions.
Dr. Nordgren is also a trained chef, having graduated from the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Culinary Arts Program with honors in 2013. She is a co-instructor for Stanford Medical School’s innovative Teaching Kitchen Elective, which bridges the gap between medical science and culinary arts. This course promotes enhanced self-care through healthy eating habits, as well as developing needed skills to be effective at lifestyle and dietary counseling.
Dr. Nordgren’s clinical practice is at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where she sees children of all ages with cholesterol issues, prediabetes, or weight concerns. She is a passionate advocate of lifestyle medicine, which helps patients succeed through nutritious, delicious eating. She also teaches hands-on culinary medicine classes through her organization’s Physician Wellness committee. Julia is passionate about helping people discover the joy of making a soup, seasoning a salad, or confidently chopping an onion for the first time.
She is the author of a cookbook, “The New Family Table,” a collection of recipes, techniques, and stories about making healthy family eating a reality.
In her spare time, Julia loves to read, write, run, play on the beach, and enjoy life under the California blue sky. She loves playing with her kids, who remind her that despite being hopeless at basketball, her football passing has come a long way. Her husband and children are the first line of all recipe testing, and happily, they have adventurous appetites and honest opinions.
Her cookbook can be purchased at the salon and through Amazon and her website, at drjuliacooks.com.
At the Salon: In this session, we learned about the relationship between eating patterns and cholesterol levels. Julia reviewed nutritional trends and discussed the current recommendations about diets that maximize cardiovascular health. We moved into the “concept to reality” of how to make healthy eating more attainable and enjoyable. A lively and interactive food demonstration highlighted some important skills to bring to your own life and the life of those around you.
Click here to view the recipes and the salon video.