We broaden access to healthy eating information and inspire conversations about wellness and fresh food.
Let’s Talk Food is Whole Cities Foundation’s signature nutrition program. It is designed to encourage people to make healthy choices by supplying the best available information in a supportive environment.
Led by Dr. Akua Woolbright and building upon the work of the Let’s Talk Food Center in Detroit, the program offers a series of free classes in Detroit, Chicago and Newark. Participants explore a wide range of wellness topics including plant-based nutrition, healthy cooking, and using food as medicine. Dr. Woolbright offers tools to assist people in making sense of nutritional guidelines, creating foundational change, and establishing practical plans that work.
A few examples of the kinds of classes offered include:
Foods for a Healthy Mood; Cancer Awareness; Probiotics; Help! I Can’t Boil Water (Cooking 101); Stop Dieting/Start Eating; Where Will I Get My Protein? and many more. Specific topics honor the foodways of each culture and region.
The Let’s Talk Food philosophy aligns with Whole Foods Market’s Four Pillars of Healthy Eating:
1. Focus on Whole, Nutritious Foods: Choose foods in their most natural state, like fresh produce and lean meats. Whole foods are unprocessed and unrefined, foods that your great-grandmother would be able to recognize and work with in her kitchen.
2. Eat Plant-Strong: Make sure most of the plate contains a colorful rainbow of vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes, whole grains and a few nuts and seeds.
3. Choose Healthy Fats: Get healthy fat from whole plant-based foods like nuts, seeds and avocados.
4. Consider Nutrient Density: By making these dietary changes, your food will naturally be lower in saturated fat, cholesterol and calories, and will contain a wider variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Remember, whole foods, plant strong—and make the most of every bite.
In addition to Let’s Talk Food, we also invest in community-based nutrition education projects. We prioritize projects that build on regional traditions and put healthcare back in the hands of people.