In addition to teaching ATOAH twice this year, Danessa Bolling has hosted monthly “rewind” reunion classes for her graduates at a local community garden in Houston; she has also made ATOAH a central part of her internship at The Open Door Mission, where she has developed and implemented her very own holistic wellness program for residents.

Carrye Brown has hosted two community health booths in D.C. this year, promoting physical fitness as a Fit DC Coach and the African Heritage Diet through material distribution, traditional food tastings, and her eloquent and contagious passion.

Tiffany Davis is a returning ATOAH instructor at the Clemson Area African American Museum  teaching at this location for a second and third time.  Tiffany led a 1-day information session and seminar about A Taste of African Heritage to raise awareness in the community and to recruit new participants for her upcoming class this November.  Photo: Tiffany’s Black-Eyed Pea Salad served at her info session.

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Dejenaba Gordon has taught 5 series of ATOAH this year at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center, the Kroc Center in Camden, and the Hollybush Gardens Apartments in Glassboro, NJ, where Dejenaba has been leading a 16-lesson pilot, testing Oldways’ new ATOAH follow-up workshops.  Dejenaba was also instrumental in kicking off our city-wide Philadelphia project this June, leading a cooking demo and discussion at our official launch event.
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Adante Hart has instructed 2 series of ATOAH in Baltimore this year: (1) working with residents at the Bolton North Apartments on a 16-lesson pilot, testing Oldways’ new ATOAH follow-up workshops, and (2) collaborating with Johns Hopkins Office of Community Health and incorporating ATOAH into their “Faith & Food” Project at Transforming Life Church of God.  In addition to these classes, Adante lended his expertise to a Johns Hopkins wellness conference in July, leading an African heritage cooking demo and tasting of lemony millet salad—using chickpeas, corn and spinach.  Adante also hosted an Oldways African Heritage & Health booth at September’s Yoga Reggae Festival in D.C.
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In addition to teaching 2 regular ATOAH series this year, Selas Kidane has led one of our 16-lesson ATOAH workshop pilots at the St. Luke’s Apartments in St. Louis.  Selas partnered with Sheila Cunningham, a local Ambassador for the Hip Hop Public Health Initiative  provide a class for Sheila’s friends and family.  Selas has also been invited by the St. Louis city and county to promote the African Heritage Diet and A Taste of African Heritage program at three different St. Louis County Libraries this November.  Selas will be leading three introductory seminars, with an expected reach of approximately 90 attendees.

Benita Law-Diao hosted a beautiful African Heritage & Health booth at the Black Arts and Culture Festival in Albany, NY this summer, sharing materials and information with nearly 300 booth visitors.

Angela Ledyard has continued to share African Heritage & Health materials and information with her fitness participants at Collinwood Recreation Center throughout the year.  Next month, she will be bringing A Taste of African Heritage to the Center, adding nutrition to her students’ fitness regime.  
Photo: Angela’s class’ finale potluck.
Gail Thorpe has just wrapped up her ATOAH class at a local senior center in Plainfield, NJ. The seniors loved the class – Gail used her phone to film interviews with some of her participants – and Gail is now planning her second round for this winter.  
Photo: One of Gail’s senior students, filmed interview.

Lorri Wilson spent her summer and fall as an instructor for the 16-lesson ATOAH pilot at Bayview Apartments in Stamford, CT. Lorri also hosted a cooking demo and tasting at a local community health fair, sponsored by two local state senators. She has been invited to lead another demo/presentation and ATOAH series at a low-income assisted living facility. Community opportunities lead to more opportunities!