Having to follow a special diet can be difficult for kids with chronic kidney disease, causing them to not always want to stick to it. CHOPed: Mastering the Renal Diet empowers renal patients to make healthier dietary choices and be able to prepare foods for themselves.
The Division of Nephrology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) partnered with the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College to offer its fourth annual, free, one-week summer cooking course to patients between the ages of 10 and 19 with kidney disease.
The program focused on cooking kidney-friendly meals under the guidance of the renal diet. All campers cooked their own renal-friendly meals while guided by the chefs of the Restaurant School. Campers cooked foods in popular culinary themes such as Italian, Asian, Mexican, American, brunch and desserts, and engaged in various activities to increase awareness of healthy eating.
All campers received their own chef hat, apron, renal diet cookbook, certificate of camp completion, and many promotional items provided by CHOP, the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, the National Kidney Foundation, and support of donor funds.