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African Heritage Foods Can Improve Nutrition, Decrease Disease

Leafy greens, whole grains, legumes and tubers are among some of the foods that make African heritage cuisine a powerhouse of nutrition. As we celebrate Black History Month, ASPHN encourages the exploration of these plant-based foods that can improve nutrition, decrease disease.

Cooking classes based on the food traditions of people with African roots are being held in cities such as Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia. Oldways, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that inspires healthy eating through cultural food traditions and lifestyles, offers its African Heritage Diet and cooking classes throughout the country.

Exploring this fresh, flavorful and vibrant way of eating is an excellent way to connect with America’s rich African heritage while simultaneously discovering wholesome additions or substitutions to everyday meals.

In accordance with ASPHN’s vision of healthy eating and active eating for everyone, we salute all efforts that encourage the consumption of nourishing foods and the incorporation of healthy cooking techniques. For more information or questions, please contact Karen Probert, MS, RD at karen@asphn.org or 814 255-2829 ext. 701.

Founded in 1952, ASPHN is a non-profit membership organization that provides state and national leadership on food and nutrition policy, programs and services aimed at improving the health of our population. ASPHN’s membership is composed of more than 300 public health nutritionists located throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. ASPHN's vision is healthy eating and active living for everyone. You can find ASPHN on the web at www.asphn.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asphn.