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A Mindful Plant-Based Cooking & Dining Experience: Health is your Greatest Currency
What problem would you like to solve?
According to the CDC, African Americans experience high incidence rates and poor health outcomes for many common chronic health conditions. This is largely due to lifestyle, including the foods that we eat. Our mission is to reverse this generational trauma by showing the community the deliciousness and health benefits of eating plant-based, whole foods.
Why is it important to solve? Why is it relevant for the community?
It is important that we show the community how to prepare plant-based whole foods using supermarket and local farmer's ingredients that are accessible. This will help us change our perception of what "eating good" actually means, to help nourish our bodies and reduce and prevent the risk of chronic diseases.
What idea do you have to address the problem?
Collaborating as three women entrepreneurs of color, Genny Mack of theEATschool, Kristen of KrisDaBronxVegan, and Angela Yvonne from VeganPopEats, we would like to host a mindful plant-based dining experience. The vision of the experience would include participants engaging in learning and practicing cooking. The participants would prepare their own meals through a guided cooking demonstration from a trained chef, and then thereafter, the community would engage in eating in a communal setting, experience the flavors, textures, and aromas of the cuisine, and reflect on how the food makes them feel. The discussion will be led by a Certified Nutritionist to understand the positive health benefits and the impact of eating plant-based foods. The objective of this experience would be to educate participants on the benefits of incorporating more plant-based whole foods into their diet to feel better and also to allow participants to experience cooking wholesome and healthy meals. Participants would then be encouraged to take back their learnings into their households. We can partner with organizations like GrowNYC or New Roots in the Bronx to supply local farm fresh produce.
Who would that help?
This experience would be open to communities of color based in the Bronx. This would be targeted at adults who are looking to adopt healthier lifestyle habits and reduce chronic diseases.
What NYC borough would benefit from your idea?
Bronx, but open to all boroughs
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