By: Staff Reports | GwinnettCitizen.com

Classes Connect Cultural Heritage and Healthy Eating

Norcross – Norcross Community Market, in partnership with Summerour Middle School and Boston-based food and nutrition nonprofit Oldways, is bringing “A Taste of African Heritage” community cooking classes to Norcross this summer. The six-class series will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays from June 4 through July 16, excluding July 2, at Summerour Middle School, 321 Price Place, in Norcross.

2018 Oldways ATOAH StudentHandbook17 63980.1497547115.500.659The free, hands-on classes aim to address health disparities frequently reported in African-American communities by teaching participants to adopt healthy eating habits based on traditional African foods. Participants learn about spices and herbs, greens, grains, beans, tubers, fruits, and vegetables that have sustained Africans and their descendants for generations.

“Participating in ‘A Taste of African Heritage’ is a hands-on way to learn about and honor African food heritage, as well as to reflect on participants’ own unique family traditions,” said Johnisha Levi, Oldways’ African Heritage, and Health program manager.

oldwasy2The program has served more than 6,500 people since 2012. Participants have reported losing weight, reducing blood pressure, and sustaining positive lifestyle changes taught in the class, such as eating more plant-based foods and cooking at home.

For more information, visit the Oldways website at oldwayspt.org. Register for classes by email to norcrosscommunitymarket@gmail.com. Spaces are limited.

For more information on Norcross Community Market, please visit norcrosscommunitymarket.com or contact Connie Weathers at 404-229-7077.

You can also find them on Facebook! @norcrosscommunitymarket and @sustainablenorcross

Published: 2018-05-26 01:40