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. 

Our program has four main parts. Details about each one are in the links to your left.

1. A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes

The core of the African Heritage & Health program is our six-week cooking class series called A Taste of African Heritage, explained in the video above. Lead by volunteer instructors in classes across the country, A Taste of African Heritage blends nutrition and cultural history with simple, delicious cooking techniques, to inspire a whole new way of eating – through the “old ways.” We recruit outstanding teachers everyday! If you are an individual interested in volunteering to teach A Taste of African Heritage in your community, please complete the Teacher Sign Up Form or contact Program Manager Johnisha Levi. If you would like to learn more about how your organization can partner with us in bringing the series to your community, please contact Program Manager/African Diaspora Specialist Sade Anderson. 

2. 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! This annual 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! 

3. African Heritage Dine-Around-Town

Celebrate African Heritage & Health all 52 weeks of the year, by visiting an African Heritage restaurant near you. Our Dine Around Town Page, featuring a list of restaurants across the U.S. serving up the exciting, diverse, and flavorful foods from across the Diaspora as well as continental Africa. Please let us know if we’re missing one nearest you, and feel free to share your favorite dishes with us!

4. African Heritage Diet CPE Course

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. 

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OASIS — Oldways Africana Soup in Stories

Edited by Dr. Stephanie Evans from Clark Atlanta University and the Oldways African Heritage & Health leadership team.

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We Invite you to join us

Outreach. We are committed to new avenues of outreach everyday, supporting individuals and influential organizations with African Heritage Diet resources doing the important work in our communities to promote greater wellness and 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, NGOs 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.

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