Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community - Improving Community Wellness in the VI
Class Experience Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Why Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community in the Virgin Islands? The Virgin Islands is one of the most cherished Beloved Communities. The Virgin Islands have a landmass of 346 square kilometers. 76% of the population is African American/Black and 96% of its food is imported.

Learn about food injustice in the U.S. Virgin Islands and how Chef Alex Askew and the Black Culinarian Alliance (aka BCAGlobal.org) used NNLM funding to build community relationships and increase food literacy. Hear from a panel of participants about their experiences with this work. This presentation addresses improved access to health information and the NNLM initiative of Environmental Detriments of Health.

At 14 Chef Alex Askew received his first job offer as a personal chef and at 21 attended the Culinary Institute of America where he co-founded the first on campus group for students of color (BCS) and graduated in 1989. In 1993 Alex Co-founded the BCAGlobal which dedicates itself to Education, Awareness, and Exposure for young minority students seeking careers within the culinary and hospitality industry. The newest core program, “Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community” has gathered National attention for bringing Food, Race, and Social Justice to the forefront while focusing on training chefs of color as Health Equity Ambassadors to produce healthy and whole communities.

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  • Explore food inequity and how to be culturally sensitive when designing an intervention.
  • Identify barriers to food and health literacy.
  • Learn strategies for community engagement in health literacy.

Class Details

Date(s): May 30, 2023
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Platform: Zoom
CE Credits: 1.00
CE Categories: CHIS Level 1
Class Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
This class is sponsored by Region 2.

Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Lorin Jackson
Technical Assistance: Debra Trogdon-Livingston

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Register anyway and you'll receive the recording after the event.