Ethnic Cuisine: A Bridge To Healthy Equity

Nutrition plays a significant role in advancing health equity. Studies have shown that when people adopt a more Westernized diet, their susceptibility to health problems increases. Reclaiming traditional cultural cuisines and adopting, a healthy eating pattern such as The African Heritage Diet and those highlighted in the DGAs can play a crucial role in bridging the health equity gap.

This webinar presented by Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 2-3 pm ET, will provide RDNs a new solution-oriented perspective and pathway to transforming the health of populations of African descent, by helping them to better understand what a “healthy diet” is and celebrating the eating patterns and foods of their heritage. Barriers to health in African Americans, as well as effective communication and culinary tools to address these barriers, will be discussed.


After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Describe the prevalence of diet-related chronic diseases in African Americans and identify barriers to achieving better health and nutrition outcomes in people of African heritage.
  2. Classify healthful foods from across the African diaspora that make up African Heritage Diets.
  3. Reframe nutrition education programming in a way that is culturally relevant to participants.
Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes: 1040, 4010, 6020, 8015
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 1.3.6, 1.3.9, 8.2.1, 8.2.3
CPE Level 2

CDR Activity Type 171