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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBirmingham, Alabama - 22 July 20141. Close of lentils, spices pouring into a cooking pot2. Wide of cooking class3. Close of student chopping green peppers4. Wide of Willig demonstrating at the front of the class5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mandy Willig, dietician (Transcript Below)6. Various of students serving food prepared in class7. Close of student cutting carrots8. Close of student pressing garlicAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYFile - no shot date or location9. Various of overweight people walkingAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBirmingham, Alabama - 22 July 201410. SOUNDBITE (English) Rickey Dorsey, participant (Transcript Below)11. Close of chopped onions and garlic in a bowl12. Mid of student Rickey Dorsey pressing garlic13. Mid of students watching demo14. SOUNDBITE (English) Sharon Reid, participant (Transcript Below)15. Close of carrots and onions in sizzling pot16. Wide of Willig teaching17. Mid of students eating prepared food18. Close of foodVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:(NATS of lentils going into pot)A CUP OF LENTILS AND A DASH OF SPICE...JUST A FEW OF THE INGREDIENTS USED TO PROMOTE HEALTHIER EATING THROUGH TRADITIONAL AFRICAN CUISINE.(NATS: I'm really enjoying the looks on people's faces as they're contemplating eating cold peas.)BUT GETTING ENOUGH OF YOUR GREEN VEGGIES IS ONLY ONE COMPONENT OF THE "TASTE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE" COOKING CLASS.SOUNDBITE (English) Mandy Willig, dietician:"The actual African heritage consisted of lots of fruits and vegetables, of grains. It was a very low sodium diet that relied on a lot of herbs and spices to actually provide the extra flavor. Oldways has found a way to provide a six-week curriculum to give easy, feasible recipes that can help people develop those skills and to eat more like our African ancestors did."BOSTON-BASED NONPROFIT "OLDWAYS" HOPES ITS CULTURAL TAKE on HEALTHY EATING WILL HELP TACKLE AMERICA'S OBESITY EPIDEMIC. ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT FIGURES...AN ESTIMATED 35 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE OVERWEIGHT, WITH AFRICAN AMERICANS CARRYING THE HIGHEST RATES AT NEARLY 48 PERCENT.SOUNDBITE (English) Rickey Dorsey, student:"I'm used to a lot of fried food. I'm definitely used to a lot of fried food and sweets. And sweet tea."RICKEY DORSEY SAYS HE CAME TO THIS BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA CHURCH TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS ETHNIC HERITAGE -- BUT AFTER A FEW WEEKS OF SWAPPING PROCESSED FOODS FOR FRESH PLANT-BASED INGREDIENTS, HE AND SOME OF HIS CLASSMATES HAVE ALREADY LOST A FEW POUNDS.SOUNDBITE (English) Sharon Reid, student:"They teach you how to eat and to cut back on all the salt and stuff. You know, that's a substitute. So I think it's very healthy."ABOUT 500 PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE FREE PROGRAM...WITH MORE COURSES PLANNED....OLDWAYS SAYS 66 PERCENT OF PARTICIPANTS REPORT WEIGHT LOSS AND 38 PERCENT LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE...AS STUDENTS ARE SEEING AND TASTING A DIFFERENCE.MAGGIE MAZZETTI, ASSOCIATED PRESS.