At Hebni, We Help People Eat Better!
Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. is a community-based, nonprofit agency formed in 1995 to educate high-risk, culturally diverse populations about nutrition strategies to prevent diet-related diseases.
Pronounced /ˈebənē/, the name Hebni, is part of our heritage and is the Egyptian spelling of the word "ebony". To further enhance our work, we incorporated the acronym H.E.B.N.I. (Health Education through Behavioral and Nutritional Initiatives) to show the organization’s reach and capabilities. Hebni is committed to reducing health disparities among high-risk minority populations by providing comprehensive nutrition-related strategies to decrease, manage and delay chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, and hypertension.
Hebni's founders have authored six best-selling cookbooks published by the American Diabetes Association that focus on healthy "soul food". Hebni’s childhood obesity program K.Y.D.S. Take Charge program earned Hebni the 2010 USTA Diversity Award, and the K.Y.D.S. program received an Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Award in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, Hebni was awarded the Sapphire Award of Distinction from the Florida Blue Foundation for Hebni’s accomplishments in nutrition education programs for minority populations. Hebni received a Disney Helping Kids Shine Award in 2011, 2012, and 2013 for its K.Y.D.S. Take Charge program that reaches more than 200 minority youth each year. In 2009, with a partnership grant from the City of Orlando, Hebni opened its Nutrition Resource Center (NRC) located in the heart of the 32805 zip code area of Orlando.
In 2015, to further expand its mission, Hebni launched the Fresh Stop Mobile Farmers Market. Fresh Stop is a repurposed bus that was created to serve food desert neighborhoods. The market offers fresh fruit and vegetables in community-centered locations and at budget-friendly prices.