Get fit with Market Moves!

Come to the Southeast Area Farmers Market, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506, on July 23 for Market Moves.

  • Flip Dog Yoga will host a free introductory yoga class.
  • Ms. Yvonne Woodard will lead dancercise and jump-rope fitness activities.
  • Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will share information and resources to make yor neighborhoods and parks healthier, happier places for physical activity.

Free doula training to support to birthing people of color

Fall 2022 Training Series:
September 6 – November 29
Tuesdays 6-9 pm
Baxter Community Center
(hybrid option will be available.)

Learn more and apply here through July 22.

Day One Doula Collective is looking for people to join their team of community-based doulas. Comprehensive training and hands-on experience are provided at no cost. Their doulas provide holistic, culturally affirming support to birthing people of color throughout their full reproductive experience to address the racial inequalities in parental and infant health outcomes.

Day One Doula Collective has a dual-mission: recruit, train, and support people of color as community-based doulas and provide holistic, culturally affirming doula support to birthing people of color throughout their full reproductive experience to address the inequalities in parental and infant health outcomes. Improved birthing outcomes include increased birth weight, decrease preterm births, decreased rates of infant mortality, decreased rates of maternal/parental mortality, decreased c-sections, and increased breastfeeding initiatives

Doula eligibility requirements:

  • Live within Kent County
  • Identify as black and/or a person of color
  • Passion for supporting birthing people of color

Doulas earn up to $800 per client supported (for six visits and labor/delivery support). Doulas must provide support to at least five clients through Day One Doula Collective within 18 months of your training in order to be eligible for Community-based Doula Certification.

Learn more and apply at

Community-based doulas provide culturally sensitive pregnancy and childbirth education, early linkage to health care and other services; labor coaching, breastfeeding promotion, and counseling, and parenting education while encouraging parental attachment. Community-Based Doula Programs improve infant health, strengthen families, and establish supports to ensure ongoing family success:

  • Improved prenatal care
  • Increased breastfeeding rates
  • Fewer medical interventions
  • Fewer c-section deliveries
  • Increased parent-child interaction
  • More positive birth experiences
  • Improved parenting skills

OKT welcomes Winona Bynum!

Registered Dietitian for virtual cooking classes

Winona is a native Detroiter who is dedicated to helping others gain access to the knowledge and foods needed to make healthier choices; and to helping to create and maintain a fair, equitable, and sustainably-operating food system in the City of Detroit so that doing the healthy thing is the easy thing!

Beginning April 2, Winona Bynum RDN join OKT’s virtual cooking series, “Educate to Elevate.” A registered dietitian, she will offer individualized healthy eating advice to participants with questions about eating foods that address their health concerns.

Winona is currently the executive director of the Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) an education, advocacy and policy organization led by Detroiters committed to creating a sustainable, local food system that promotes food security, food justice and food sovereignty in the city of Detroit.

She is also a co-instructor for the community-academic partnership course, Food Literacy for All, based at the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining DFPC, her work experience includes roles at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, and Fair Food Network.

Winona is a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) and a graduate of Wayne State University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Winona studied Public Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She is the chair of the National Organization of Blacks and Dietetics (NOBIDAN) for the 2021-2022 fiscal year (chair-elect/chair/immediate past chair 2020-2023). She is the previous president-elect/president of the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association for 2018-2020.

Seasons Greetings from OKT!

May you enjoy every happiness, find hope in any grief, connect with those you love,
and grow justice wherever the new year takes you.

Virtual Cook, Eat & Talk 3 p.m. Sat. Sept. 18

Are you pregnant, breastfeeding, or the mom of a low-birth weight baby? Are you a mom diagnosed with overweight or obesity? Do you receive SNAP, WIC, or other food assistance? Then you are invited! Join Our Kitchen Table cooking coaches and guest chefs for a cooking demo and conversation on you can make easy, healthy, affordable meals for your family.

• Ask Tracy Booth, our registered dietitian, what foods work for you and your medical issues.

• Grow a food garden in your window or on your porch.

• Receive vouchers good at the Southeast Area Farmers Market and select retailers.

• Learn how to stretch your food budget.

• Find out how to maximize your SNAP and WIC dollars at grocery stores and farmers markets.

Join on Facebook Live or register for a Zoom link by emailing:
or texting 616-206-3641.