Winter 2017
Winter Greetings! 
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A Taste of African Heritage Updates
Photo: ATOAH instructor Ben Handy demonstrating a recipe at the Chicago Train the Trainer session.

What We've Been Up To

Since our last newsletter, we’ve hosted two live teacher training sessions (Train the Trainer) for prospective partners and teachers in DC and Chicago . We're grateful to People’s Congregational Church for providing space for the DC event, and we want to give a special thank you to Robina Barlow, a teacher sign-up and congregation member. A representative from Fox Haven Farm, one of our DC metro partners, was present, as well as three of our local Ambassadors: Carrye Brown, Madea Allen, and Lashell Staples. Community members were eager to learn more about how to bring ATOAH to their neighborhood.

Johnisha received a warm welcome from the city of Chicago when she and Ben Handy co-hosted Train the Trainer. Organizations represented included Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion, Faith Foundation Resources, A New Beginning Fellowship Intl., The Chicago Botanic Garden, Windy City Youth Harvest Program, the Kola Nut Collaborative, and Simple Cycle. A special thank you to Father Duris of St. Ailbe’s for hosting the training and to Pete’s Produce for providing the groceries. 

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What's Coming Next

At Oldways headquarters in Boston, we’ll be celebrating Black History Month with numerous events throughout February. We’ve partnered with Community Servings to host a class series (January 25 - March 1) sponsored by Whole Foods. The Daily Table is hosting a series again (February 7 - March 14), and Boston Medical Center Demonstration Kitchen will hold three days of A Taste of African Heritage demonstrations for its patients and staff. For more details about the Boston classes, contact Johnisha . And stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details on how you can join our nationwide February celebration!
The manuscript for A Children’s Taste of African Heritage (ages 8 through 12) is complete and in the design stage. We have identified pilot instructors to begin teaching the class in early 2018. Interested in bringing the curriculum to your community? Get in touch with us!
Teacher - Student Spotlight
Photo: ATOAH Ambassador Nneka Shoulds.
Teacher Spotlight

We’d like to extend an end-of-the-year thanks to our dedicated corps of volunteer instructors. Your passion is what feeds this program and helps us to reach an ever-expanding audience across the country. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you. We’d like to give special recognition to a few stellar ATOAH teachers who have pushed themselves to teach an impressive number of series this calendar year.

Nneka Shoulds started teaching in the Baltimore area as part of the Johns Hopkins Baltimore Food and Faith Project before becoming an Ambassador this year. Thank you, Nneka, for teaching six classes this year, some of which had as many as 30-50 participants! And Shirelle Boyd has completed three classes since the start of the year in the Cleveland area.

We’d also like to recognize one of our outstanding Philadelphia partnerships. The Health Promotion Council partnered with Oldways after our very first Train the Trainer in Philadelphia in 2016. Caitlin Jennings and her team of instructors from the Council have now conducted six series to date. 
Student Spotlight

We’re happy to report an exceptional success story of a recent ATOAH student planning to teach her own class in January at the the Russell Chapel Church in Columbia, MO. Edith Prince, who completed Verna LaBoy’s class this fall, reported that over the course of the six-week series, her A1C (a marker of average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months) went down from 9.8 to 7.7! She also lost 3.5 inches off her waistline! She’s never been a serious cook as others in her family traditionally prepared the meals, but she told Oldways she feels empowered by the simple, delicious recipes. Congratulations and thank you, Ms. Prince!
African Heritage Dine-Around-Town 

Oldways knows that one of the easiest ways to dine out healthfully is to choose cultural restaurants that serve traditional world cuisines. Whether African, Caribbean, Indian, or Japanese, cultural restaurants offer the widest variety of vegetables, beans, whole grains, meats, and spices prepared in deliciously dynamic ways. 

Check out our Dine-Around-Town  directory to find an African restaurant near you. Have suggestions for restaurants to include? Let us know!
Oldways African Heritage Recipes 
The most powerful call to action to improve the health of African American families and communities is to get cooking! To help families put the   African Heritage Diet Pyramid   on their plate, here are three delicious, healthy recipes from our ATOAH instructors that take their cues from African roots. 

Click on the titles below to go to the recipes.

ATOAH Ambassador Calvis Williamson’s twist on Hoppin’ John is a creative take on a traditional favorite. She combines black-eyed peas, kale, and quinoa with a light vinaigrette for a chilled salad that makes an eye-catching entrée or side.

This recipe by ATOAH Ambassador Tiffany Davis is a sweet way to fit two African heritage ingredients into your morning: millet and plantain. She suggests serving these with a mix of one part honey to one part apple cider vinegar, and, of course, your favorite fruit as a topper. 

Try this heart-warming dairy-free soup from Philadelphia ATOAH instructor Vicki Mines, featuring both butternut and acorn squash and the gentle heat of fresh ginger.

The work of the African Heritage & Health Program would not be possible without the generous support of the Walmart Foundation. 
Sade Anderson
Program Manager & African Diaspora Specialist

Johnisha Levi
Program Manager

"The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit."
- Ethiopian proverb