Did you know 50% of Asians in the United States are either diabetic or pre-diabetic? Despite the high prevalence rate of diabetes in the AAPI population, there is a scarcity of Asian-specific nutrition resources, especially for the diverse array of Asian ethnicities. Knowing how and what to eat without having to abandon our traditional foods is essential if we hope to reduce diabetes in our communities.
To address this issue, Dr. Minal Moharir and her team at Nourish have taken on the monumental task of producing nutrition education resources specifically for Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, and Korean communities. Under the guidance of Nourish’s registered dietitian, Lily Phan, Nourish’s interns combine their talents for science and online content creation. The basis of their content is simple: reduce refined carbohydrates, promote balanced meals, and maintain the taste, texture, and familiarity of foods we love.
In one year, Nourish has built a community of over 5,000 online users, partnered with UC Irvine’s Institute for Future Health and HealthUnity to design a groundbreaking food database and mobile application, contributed to Stanford Health Care’s Cardiovascular Health Food For Heart campaign, written cookbooks, collaborated with outstanding chefs, produced popular cooking videos, started expanding into online retail, and so much more. In this Community Health Talk, Dr. Minal Moharir will discuss Nourish’s rapid growth, long-term trajectory, impact, and all the cultural and scientific considerations that go into making their popular online content.