Houston Matters

Eating What Your Ancestors Ate: Combating Obesity Through Heritage

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat better and/or lose weight. In 2009, a Department of Health and Human Services report found that 71 percent of African Americans in Houston were obese. To combat that, a non-profit organization called Oldways has created an African Heritage Diet Pyramid, a healthy eating model designed specifically for African Americans. […]

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat better and/or lose weight. In 2009, a Department of Health and Human Services report found that 71 percent of African Americans in Houston were obese.

To combat that, a non-profit organization called Oldways has created an African Heritage Diet Pyramid, a healthy eating model designed specifically for African Americans. It’s intended to reintroduce African Americans to healthy foods their ancestors were more likely to eat.

And we’ll hear how the program helped mental health and substance abuse patients.

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