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Raleigh woman teaches nutritious cooking class with emphasis on culture

Amanda Rose

Nov 22, 2022

Challenging what people see as "healthy" is something Jasmine Westbrooks has made her life's mission. The dietitian is the co-founder of Eat Well Exchange, a nonprofit providing nutrition education that highlights and celebrates traditional foods.​

Westbrooks says historically there are not many African American dietitians.​

"That's kind of crazy when we think about it. When we think about a lot people of color that actually have medical conditions. And we know that representation matters a lot too," Westbrooks said.

Westbrooks' organization serves low socio-economic communities with limited access to healthy resources. It's something she knows well, growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, where the closest grocery store was miles away.

Her grandmother and grandfather also died from complications of diabetes.

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