Oldways is a nonprofit dedicated to improving public health by inspiring individuals and organizations to embrace the healthy, sustainable joys of the “old ways” of eating—heritage-based diets high in taste, nourishment, sustainability, and joy. Read more about our Programs & mission


Culinarias — Chef-led Culinary Travel Tours
Our schedule of culinary travel tours includes trips to Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Switzerland, and more!

Our online learning opportunities cover topics including the art of whole grain sourdough bread, to the importance of the Latin American Heritage Diet, to food photography tips for dietitians. Registered Dietitians can earn 1 CPEU credit per webinar. Join us live, or catch the recordings. 

View cooking classes, recipes, tips, interviews, and more on our Youtube channel. 

A Taste of African Heritage

A Taste of African Heritage is is a 6-week cooking and nutrition curriculum that celebrates the healthy, vibrant, plant-based food traditions from across the African Diaspora. Recently, results from this program were published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Plus, this program was admitted into the SNAP-Ed Library, which will make it more widely available across the country. 

Oldways Plant Forward Plates
The Oldways Plant Forward Plates Healthcare Toolkit is a 100% plant-based toolkit for use in hospital and healthcare food service. It is a ready-to-go resource with all the information healthcare food service departments need—menus, recipes, and ordering guides—to provide delicious, therapeutic plant-based menus in hospitals and healthcare facilities. 


Oldways can support your research and reporting on a number of topics around food, nutrition, and traditional diets and lifestyles. From sharing the most recent scientific studies to providing quotes, write-ups, and connections with researchers and experts, Oldways is here to help.

Here are just some of Oldways’ resources:

  • Five Traditional Diet Pyramids available for media use
    • Mediterranean, Plant-Based, African Heritage, Asian, and Latin American
  • Educational materials – both free and for purchase
    • Infographics, handouts, brochures, books, posters, webinars
  • Meal plans and shopping lists
    • 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan & 4-Week Plant-Based Menu Plan books
  • Large collection of recipes with high-resolution food photos; recipe/menu development
  • Health studies database, with easy searching for significant nutrition research
  • Reports on consumer attitudes and industry trends
  • Clearinghouse of world’s top nutrition scientists available for media contact 


Looking for a timely tie to talk about healthy eating? Oldways food holidays provide opportunities to celebrate good food while connecting with experts, partners, and consumers.

FEBRUARY | African Heritage & Health Week (February 1 to 7)
Coinciding with Black History Month, a weeklong celebration of a flavorful and healthy cuisine.

MARCH | Whole Grain Sampling Day (last Wednesday in March)
Supermarkets, schools, and food businesses across the country offer samplings of whole grain products and menu items.

MAY | International Mediterranean Diet Month
Celebration of the history, foods, and science behind this healthy and delicious way of eating.

SEPTEMBER | Whole Grains Month
Special events and promotions with whole grains in the spotlight.

OCTOBER | Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day (third Saturday in October)
Exclusive events held at cheese shops, creameries, and restaurants around the world to highlight raw milk cheese.