Do you consider yourself to be healthy? Statistics show that Type-2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity, is on the rise in America, especially among children. This alarming health trend, which disproportionately affects African-Americans, has led brothers Justin and Terry Raimey to invent the Black Streak Kitchen mobile app, which approaches cooking and nutrition education in an innovative way.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that the number of children with Type-2 diabetes jumped more than 30 percent from 2000 to 2009. When you place the microscope on African-Americans, the numbers become even more alarming. According to the American Diabetes Association, compared to the general population, African-Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes: 13.2 percent of all Black people aged 20 years or older have been diagnosed with diabetes. We also are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.
These statistics are frightening, especially considering Type-2 diabetes and obesity, in many cases, can be prevented by eating a healthy, balanced diet — and that’s where Black Streak Kitchen comes in.
The Raimey brothers hope to inspire people to view cooking and nutrition education in a new light by presenting these subjects through comics and animation. Through their app, the young entrepreneurs publish recipe comic books, animated nutrition-facts videos and kitchen-safety music videos featuring original characters that teach kids and families about cooking, nutrition, health and wellness.
“There is a need for this app in America, especially among African-Americans,” Terry Raimey said. “Parents are cooking less and feeding their families more fast food and takeout. This, of course, has led to rising rates of obesity, Type-2 diabetes, hypertension in adults and even children. Black Streak Kitchen’s goal is to teach kids and families how to cook delicious meals and inform them of the nutritional benefits of the ingredients within each recipe. Food and nutrition education is important to leading a healthy lifestyle.”
“Using comics and animation to teach cooking and nutrition makes the information fun and easy to remember,” Justin Raimey said. “I‘m the comics and animation artist, as well as the app designer, so it was important for me to make the artwork as fun and appealing as possible, while keeping true to our message of culinary education, health and nutrition.”
The brothers’ plans to change the way America views cooking and nutrition goes beyond their groundbreaking app, however. They are using the Black Streak Kitchen app to promote their upcoming monthly comic publication, “Black Streak Kitchen Comics,” which will deliver recipes in the form of digital comic books to subscribers every month. Each issue will feature 4 recipes, two with meat and two vegetarian options. Food diversity also is promoted through the comics, as each issue will feature dishes inspired by different cultures and countries around the world. Terry and Justin Raimey have even teamed up with internationally renowned celebrity chefs like Ed Harris who will be featured in the comics as character chefs presenting their original recipes.
“Parents are cooking less and feeding their families more fast food and takeout. This, of course, has led to rising rates of obesity, type-2 diabetes and hypertension in adults and even children.” — TERRY rAIMEY
Black Streak Kitchen takes a new approach to presenting recipes, and teaching cooking techniques and responsible eating habits. Black Streak Kitchen certainly has the potential to bring about a new wave in how cooking, health and wellness are presented worldwide. As time moves forward, it will be exciting to see how the Raimey brothers will lead this new culinary movement with their creativity and innovation.