A little known fact about me is that I teach nutrition and healthy eating classes to elementary school children in underserved communities of New York City. Many of them don’t have access or prior knowledge of eating a plant based diet. In most cities farmer’s markets and health food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are only in upper to middle class white neighborhoods. Children and families living in what is deemed as “urban” communities do not have easy access to affordable healthy food choices. So doing cooking demonstrations and teaching healthy lifestyle classes is a passion of mine.
When I made the switch to eating a more plant based diet and taking a closer look at the ingredients in all my personal care products, I thought that the knowledge was so game changing that I desired to share this information with everyone I know. I think it’s important to give back to those who look like you. As a woman of color especially in the African diaspora it’s essential for me to give back and serve my own community.
I see this as a way of doing my part. And to be honest I love working with these children! The looks on pure joy and excitement on their faces when I teach them how to make a smoothie or share how beneficial fruits and veggies are to their growing bodies, is gratifying to my spirit. I encourage everyone to look for ways they can give back and serve their community with your unique gifts and talents.
If you’re interested in partnering with me in healthy lifestyle classes for your school, church, or organization feel free to send me an email to discuss: firstname.lastname@example.org