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:
Ascension Lutheran Church
5:00 to 7:00pm
May 15, 22, 29, June 5
5820 West Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90043
12:00 to 2:00pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30
5849 Crocker Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Essence of Light
May 16, 23, 30 June, 6, 13
Los Angeles CA 90044
L.A.Care5:30 to 7:00pm
2nd and 3rd Tuesdays
L.A. Care Family Resource Center
3111 W. Century Blvd. Suit 100
Inglewood, CA 90303
These programs are made possible in partnership with Ascension Lutheran Church, UMMA Clinic PAAACT Program and Kaiser Community Benefit.
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.
Our objectives included:
a. Enhance knowledge, attitudes and behavior about cardiovascular, heart, and breast health and cancer risk reduction.
b. Expand healthful food preparation knowledge and skills (food purchase and cooking practices) and
c. 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.