We often say that while the SHAPE ReClaimed program is simple, it isn’t always easy. Making healthy lifestyle changes for anyone can be difficult, especially if you have a busy schedule, don’t like cooking or are accustomed to going out to eat on a regular basis. So much of our social interaction with friends and family is based upon sharing meals. We find that sometimes beginning Phase I of the SHAPE ReClaimed program can feel overwhelming and even isolating. With the continued growth of our SHAPE family, we recognize the opportunity to offer support in this area.
This is why we developed the SHAPE ReClaimed Certification Program for restaurants. We want to connect our patients and practitioners with progressive restaurants, chefs and culinary educators that are already offering healthy anti-inflammatory menu options (or could be) throughout the nation. In 2018 we hired our Director of Culinary Development, Ashley Nanney, to develop and manage a program that offers one-on-one training to chefs and restaurant employees. As a chef and former owner of an anti-inflammatory meal delivery company, Ashley enjoys working with culinary companies’ existing menus to create SHAPE-friendly options.
It is our goal to eventually certify a culinary provider in every town with a SHAPE practitioner. It is a lofty goal, but we feel that it’s important. If you agree, we need your help. We are looking for more restaurants, meal delivery services, catering companies and grocery stores to help fulfill our mission and vision and provide you more resources for success. A lot of people are interested in making healthier choices, so this won’t just help SHAPE Warriors, it will help anybody who is following similar anti-inflammatory and whole food nutrition plans.
How You Can Help
Where do you like to eat? Where have you found healthy options? Who do you know that works in meal delivery, catering or grocery stores that would be interested in partnering with us? Pay attention in your area for healthy, like-minded businesses that would be a good fit for the SHAPE ReClaimed program.
How to Introduce the SHAPE ReClaimed Program to Restaurants
- Tell them what SHAPE ReClaimed is: a wellness program to help people restore and revitalize their lives through wholistic medicine and nutrition. We have a community of over 300 practitioners and 16,000 members in our Facebook group. (You can also refer them to the website, particularly the ReClaim Your Life tab). This is an opportunity to introduce their company to literally thousands of people.
- Share your SHAPE story.
- Explain that certification can give the restaurant more exposure and advertising with no additional cost, potentially increasing foot traffic and building their client base. They can read about the process here.
- Refer them to Ashley Nanney, our Director of Culinary Development. They can call SHAPE Central at 636-484-8444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Because the program is self-funded by SHAPE ReClaimed and there is no cost for this advertising opportunity to the restaurant, it is important that the restaurant contact us directly to express interest and support. Taking our time to offer this free opportunity to culinary institutes that are not ready is cost prohibitive. Therefore we are unable to reach out to restaurants directly at this time.
Here’s what one of our certified restaurants says about our Restaurant Certification Program:
“I just wanted to personally thank you for creating and building such a great community at SHAPE ReClaimed! Chef Ashley Nanney came to visit me last week as my consultant for your program and to certify my company A 2 Z Living Well Solutions Ltd.
“This program was highly recommended by one of my professional liaisons, Dr. Amanda Braden of Tallmadge Chiropractic. I truthfully did not know what to expect through this process, but I admit now, it was one of the best personal and professional development opportunities I could have embarked on, and I am still thanking God it happened. Having now adapted to the SHAPE lifestyle myself, I have seen firsthand the power of anti-Inflammatory eating and am well pleased with the sound evidence that it works!
“As a professional chef and owner of a catering/personal chef service, it was such a blessing to be put in touch with Ashley, given her extensive experience and similar background. She has clear expectations as to what SHAPE ReClaimed's values are and how to efficiently incorporate them into my own practices.
“I again want to thank you for your great initiatives and acceptance of like-minded business owners who, like myself, want to change and improve lives for the better. Especially through food! I cannot give Chef Ashley more kudos on her assistance through the process!
-Thank You From A 2 Z Chef in Cleveland”