African Heritage & Health Program

Oldways' African Heritage and Health Program develops resources and initiatives to promote the healthy foods and delicious eating traditions of African Heritage for good health and community.

Changing habits to embrace health through heritage takes a community working together. The African Heritage & Health Program supports people working at all levels towards better health—doctors, educators, community health organizations, students, families, and friends—with helpful tools and innovative programs to reach people everywhere. 

A Taste of African Heritage Community Cooking Program

Oldways' A Taste of African Heritage cooking program is a six-class series that brings the healthy foods and cooking techniques of African heritage to life. Lead by volunteer instructors, classes are happening across the country in both "class" and "meet-up" styles -- from friends hosting cooking clubs in their homes, to dietitians offering classes in their health center. The comprehensive curriculum that guides these classes blends nutrition, cultural history, and simple, delicious cooking techniques together to inspire a whole new way of eating, through the old ways. 

We recruit more outstanding teachers everyday! If you or your organization would like to host A Taste of African Heritage cooking classes in your area, please fill out our Teacher Sign Up Form or contact Sarah McMackin

African Heritage Diet CPE Course for Health Professionals & Educators

Oldways' African Heritage Diet CPE Course is a free, online nutrition education program created to equip healthcare professionals, nutrition educators, and community outreach organizations working to end obesity, hunger, and health disparities. The program provides cultural nutrition education training and tools, based on the African Heritage Diet Pyramid, to more effectively help African Americans make the changes they need to better their health. Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this CPE training course offers 2 hours of education credits. 

African Heritage & Health Week

Mark your calendars for the first week of February, when Oldways celebrates African Heritage & Health Week in honor of Black History Month! Celebrated nationally, this event draws attention to the many delicious traditional flavors of Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the American South by highlighting restaurants and recipes with African roots. Please visit our Dine Around Town Page for a list of African heritage restaurants around the country, and Oldways' Recipes Page and Pinterest Page for ideas on what to serve next African Heritage & Health Week! 

The African Heritage & Health Quarterly Newsletter

Sign up for our new Quarterly online newsletter that shares African Heritage & Health program updates, interviews, recipes, scientific health studies, community news, and a celebration of the healthy foods of African American heritage—all in one spot.
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Public Outreach

We are committed to new avenues of outreach everyday, supporting individuals and influential organizations with African Heritage Diet resources to support their works toward better health. The African Heritage Pyramid is now being used by dietitians, diabetes educators, historically black colleges and universities, departments of public health, faith-based initiatives, NGO's and more. Our mission is to inspire through information, and to support that new knowledge through empowering community programs. Click here to review our free online resources for the African Heritage Diet, or visit the Oldways Store to purchase posters and brochures at cost.


All of our current and upcoming projects use our collection of African Heritage & Health resources. We welcome your suggestions for community programs using our materials. Contact Sarah McMackin to share your ideas. Maybe you'll help inspire our next pilot project!

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