The Boston-based Oldways Institute is sponsoring "Taste of African Heritage" classes, which promote healthier eating through traditional
foods: beans, greens, rice, grains, vegetables and spices that are common in traditional African dishes. And the classes are partially funded by a grant from Walmart:
"Formed in 1990, Oldways emphasizes traditional, plant-based diets likeThe program is proving to be a success; participants are not only learning to cook traditional African dishes, they are losing weight and gaining health:
those from the Mediterranean region, Asia and Latin America over the
processed items common in many American homes and restaurants. Following
a pilot program held in 2012 for the African classes, the organization
last year began using a $250,000 grant from Walmart to offer six-session
classes across the country."
"Fifty of 150 planned courses already have been completed, and manyThese results came not from gimmicks, but by increasing intake of traditional plant foods, and reducing intake of refined foods, fats, and animal products.
participants are seeing measurable results, said Oldways president Sara
Baer-Sinnott. Baer-Sinnott said that of 240 people who have completed
personal evaluations, 66 percent lost weight, 38 percent had a decrease
in blood pressure and 55 percent lost inches from their waist."
Kudos to Oldways.
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