This month, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” is honoring Black History Month by highlighting inspiring individuals who are making a positive impact in the African American community. One such individual is Nicole Mooney, founder of Black Girls Cook.
Nicole noticed that African American women in her community were more susceptible to health issues like heart disease and diabetes, and she recognized the potential for a healthier diet to improve their situation. That’s why she established Black Girls Cook in 2010, with a mission to empower and inspire Black girls aged 8-15 in urban areas through culinary arts and urban farming, with a focus on Black Diaspora cultural histories and food practices.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Black women are twice as likely as white women to be diagnosed with or die from Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, rates of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease are higher in Black women when compared to white women. However, Nicole’s organization has been working hard to address these health disparities by providing healthy recipes that incorporate lessons about Black Diaspora history.
Throughout the three-week program, the girls learn how to cook cultural meals while also making health-conscious decisions. They also explore the significant contributions of the Black community to the world of food by learning how to make dishes like rotisserie chicken and watermelon salad.
This month, Black Girls Cook has partnered with The Miami Dade Library System to host a series of Black History-themed cooking classes that aim to educate participants about the importance of these foods to their community while breaking down stereotypes about African American cuisine.