Our neighborhood health story: The cooking class that became so much more

Our neighborhood health story: The cooking class that became so much more


(gentle music) – [Opeolu] I think Hillcrest
is the heart of everything. The heart of why people are here, ’cause they love it. My name is Opeolu Mustakem and this is the enrichment program. And we are at the resource center, and this is our cooking class. – [Nikita] I think that the best way to learn from each other is to be able to break bread with each other. So I figured that if we can
break bread with each other by learning to do it a
little more healthier, then that enhances the
experience for everyone. – [Opeolu] The cooking class
means a sense of community, a sense of empowerment,
and just women empowerment. I think this class is important because it teaches you
how to cook healthy food. When I first moved here I
was not in a good place. I had a four-year-old daughter, did not know what I was gonna
do with myself or my kid. I do this by myself,
everything that she has on from the top of her head to
the bottom of her feet is what I have provided for her. I love having her at the cooking class because I want her to know that her community is here for her. – [Nikita] This community
in itself is important because if you have a group of women who can support each other without being told to support each other, without being made to support each other, then that’s where your change starts.

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