The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Guilford County Health Department (GCHD) recently held the Mobile Kitchen (MK) healthy eating cooking classes training and orientation for key staff, stakeholders, and a newly hired Mobile Kitchen chef to launch the Hampton Family Community Health Initiative. This partnership will provide the AHA’s evidenced-based Mobile Kitchen program, along with other AHA and GCHD resources to families and individuals in need in the Greensboro area.
The Mobile Kitchen program will provide healthy cooking demonstrations and/or healthy cooking classes during festivals, community events, among faith partners, and other community-based organizations. Led by the GCHD and supported by the AHA, these demonstrations will educate large populations on the relationship between one’s diet and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and stroke. Cooking classes and demonstrations will be provided by the newly hired chef, N’gai Dickerson.
The Hampton Family Community Health Initiative will provide expanded access to healthy cooking and eating classes for multicultural residents living in underserved communities, increase cardiovascular health and wellness education, support healthy food access by complementing the American Heart Association’s Mobile Kitchen healthy eating curriculum-based program and GCHD’s fruits and vegetable initiative.
Mobile classes will convene individuals and smaller groups, focusing on families, seniors, people living with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes and CVD to provide “hands on” instruction and education. Class members will participate in healthy eating and cooking instruction through a heart healthy curriculum. Members will depart each class with enough healthy food to feed up to four family members. The Mobile Kitchen will rotate between targeted communities for three years. It will offer multiple healthy cooking classes and reach 3,000+ people annually.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.