Diabetes is not part of your heritage. Neither is heart disease. What is in your heritage is a healthy heart, strong body, extraordinary energy, vibrant and delicious foods, and a long, healthy life.
A Taste of African Heritage and A Children’s Taste of African Heritage bring African food traditions to life through hands-on experience. This 6-week cooking curriculum teaches history, nutrition, and cooking techniques that reconnect participants with the vibrant, healthy traditions of the African Diaspora.
What Are Classes Like?
A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH) is a six-lesson nutrition and cooking program. Most programs run over the course of six weeks, oﬀering one class per week. Each lesson is 1 hour and 45 minutes long, and covers a speciﬁc food group from the African Heritage Diet Pyramid.
Lesson 1: Traditional Herbs and Spices
Lesson 2: Greens
Lesson 3: Whole Grains
Lesson 4: Beans and Rice
Lesson 5: Tubers and Stews
Lesson 6: Fruits and Vegetables
- Class schedule: 1 class per week, for 6 weeks
- Number of recipes per class: 2–3
- Class components: Each class is divided up into 1) an intro, 2) an historical and nutritional discussion, 3) a cooking lesson, and 4) a time to eat together and reﬂect.
- Tracking success: Using conﬁdential lifestyle and physical health evaluations, instructors and students track their success to make sure that A Taste of African Heritage helps its participants make lasting changes for their health and wellbeing.
A Children’s Taste of African Heritage (ACTOAH) is a seven-lesson nutrition and cooking program. Most programs run over the course of seven weeks, oﬀering one class per week. Each lesson is 1 hour and 45 minutes long, and covers a speciﬁc food group from the African Heritage Diet Pyramid. The ﬁrst lesson is a cultural introduction to the African Heritage Diet Pyramid.
Lesson 1: African Heritage
Lesson 2: Traditional Herbs and Spices
Lesson 3: Greens
Lesson 4: Whole Grains
Lesson 5: Beans and Rice
Lesson 6: Tubers and Mashes
Lesson 7: Fruits, Vegetables and a Healthy Lifestyle
- Class schedule: 1 class per week, for 7 weeks
- Number of recipes per class: 0–2
- Class components: Each class is divided up into 1) an introduction, 2) an historical and nutritional discussion, 3) a cooking lesson and/or sensory activity, and 4) a time to eat together and reﬂect.
- Tracking success: Using conﬁdential lifestyle evaluations, instructors and students track their success.
Who Are The Classes For?
A Taste of African Heritage is designed for people of all ages and interests, including:
- Anyone who wants to add more ﬂavor and nutrition to their life.
- Anyone interested in learning more about African heritage and culinary history.
- Friends wanting to get healthy or to start a cooking club together.
- Teens and preteens just learning how to cook.
- Seniors craving the foods of their childhoods and a taste of the old ways.
How Can I Attend A Class?
Check out our class site directory to locate a class near you. And if you can’t ﬁnd one happening now, don’t despair! New classes are added all the time, so check back with us regularly. Or, become a teacher and bring the class to your community.
Who Can Teach A Taste of African Heritage?
A Taste of African Heritage is an excellent program for anyone working in nutrition, education, food service, faith-based initiatives, community outreach work, or public health and wellness. You don’t have to be a chef or nutrition professional. Lesson plans have easily-followed, step-by-step guides for preparing and teaching.
How Do I Start Teaching A Taste of African Heritage?
The ﬁrst step is to purchase the curriculum. There are two ways to purchase the curriculum: buy a license for 1 year of digital access, or buy hard copies of the curriculum books.
Organizations interested in teaching A Taste of African Heritage or A Children’s Taste of African Heritage can license the curriculum on an annual basis, which will allow the licensee to download a PDF version of the curriculum and related resources.
- Standard Single-Site License: For community health centers, SNAP-Ed providers, and other local organizations/small businesses. $300 per year per program ($300 for A Taste of African Heritage, $300 for A Children’s Taste of African Heritage). Contact Paola@oldwayspt.org to learn more.
- Multi-Site License: For larger national organizations, or organizations with multiple sites. Contact Kelly@oldwayspt.org to learn more about pricing.
- Scholarship License: For passionate community members who volunteer their time to teach, but aren’t aﬃliated with an organization, there are a limited number of scholarship licenses available. Contact Paola@oldwayspt.org to learn more.
Purchasing the Curriculum
Alternatively, organizations can purchase the printed adult student handbooks and teacher’s manual and children’s student handbooks and teacher’s manual in our webstore with or without a license. Please note that photocopying the printed curriculum is a violation of the copyright. The minimum order of student handbooks is 15. Classes are also encouraged to purchase the African Heritage Pyramid poster to display in the class, and purchase or download the trifold brochures.