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“Roots” Nutrition Program Comes to Hamady H.S.

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer

Faith Foundation Resources (FFR) has launched a second culturally-based nutrition class at Hamady High School.  “Roots” is a six-week nutrition program designed to educate communities about healthy, plant-based whole foods eaten by their African ancestors.  The evidence-based program was first introduced at Blackwell AME Zion Church in November 2018. Thirteen women ranging from 63 to 74-years-old participated in the launch of the program, which is geared towards helping bridge culture and nutrition explained Angela Lots, executive director of FFR, a nonprofit organization that also provides job training, placement, and financial literacy education to Flint area youth.

“Our program educates children, parents, and daycare centers about nutrition through food demonstrations, healthy and affordable shopping tips, lessons on cooking with seasonal produce, and easy and affordable recipes,” said Lots.

The first 13 participants at Blackwell experienced a reduction in weight, blood pressure and waist measurements according to Lots.  The weekly sessions were led by Christina Shucmann, a nutritionist and Claudine Jackson, a food demonstrator.

The student version of the program was launched at Hamady High just in time for Black History Month.

“Students will learn how to claim their health by claiming their history,” Lots said.

To inquire about the program, visit


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