Kitchen Divas

The History behind Kitchen Divas was a pilot program with research goals that ask the question; will women participating in a series of healthy  cooking classes that include professionally guided education discussion and peer support, reduce their risk and increase health and well being through modification of nutrition knowledge, cooking practices and eating habits, and preventive health practices.

Veronica Mayes-Jackson – Kitchen Diva/Community Liaison/Chief Diva / Sisters in Motion  Ms Jackson Mayes has worked more than 20 years in the African American & Black community conducting outreach, food demonstrations, listening and linking resources and people, nurturing our next generation at the local schools (as a parent coordinator) and coaching community members as they opt to change their health status through healthier lifestyle choices. Ms Jackson Mayes knows South Los Angeles, the organizations, the people, the resources and the environment.

Kitchen Divas objectives include:

  • Enhance knowledge, attitudes and behavior about cardiovascular, heart, and breast health and cancer risk reduction.
  • Expand healthful food preparation knowledge and skills (food purchase and cooking practices) and
  • Increase nutrition (increase fruits, vegetable and fiber and decrease fats and preserved meats)

Kitchen Divas begins at the dinner hour, by taste testing throughout the class participants are able to be attentive to the lessons and not to their dinner hour hunger pains. We have found it wise to prepare a appetizer for immediate consumption as the session begins. Please come early enough to be prepared to begin the session on time. We know food preparation takes time, as well the planning for food preparation by the participants (i.e. setting up work stations, laying out food and utensils).

The most often asked question about Kitchen Divas – is it for vegetarians? While we are not trying to convert folks to being a vegetarian, we are focused on increasing the fruits and vegetables in our diets. So we answer yes, this class welcomes vegetarians and will not be focused on meat.

At the end of the evening participants will have participated in the preparation of and sampled food to create a menu for one complete meal.

As we spread the word on good health and well-being through nutrition, physical fitness and recipes for good health, Black Women for Wellness, will be offering programs at the following sites:

Essence of Light

10419 Budlong
Los Angeles CA 90044

L.A.Care

5:30 to 7:00pm
L.A. Care Family Resource Center
3111 W. Century Blvd. Suit 100
Inglewood, CA 90303