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Credit: Edited screenshot of scene, by Mary Ann Beyster from the film, The Kitchensitas, © 2021
—Women advocating for healthy food traditions to change their community and transform lives—
In 2013, twelve Latina mothers attended the inaugural 7-week healthy cooking program called Cooking for Salud! ® at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, an educational garden in National City. By the end of 2020, there are more than 275 Kitchenistas and a 1-year plus waiting list.
Not only are there measurable changes in the health of the Kitchenistas and their families, there are documented improvements in their health behaviors, life satisfaction, and community involvement.
The feature film follows the 16th Generation in mid- 2019 through the now, 8-week course and focuses on the personal journeys of several early-generation Kitchenista through 2020.
They show how healthy food traditions can lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, and how change can occur in the home, at schools, within city hall, and the healthcare system.
The official film website is in English and Spanish.
This program is an expansion of "The Kitchenistas of National City" (30 minutes) that premiered on KPBS back in September 2016.
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