Food Agriculture & Nutrition Network of Solano County
Written by Napa State Dietetic Intern, Mallori Rahimnejad
Here we are again with the holiday season upon us! As the weather begins to change to that crispy coolness, the smell of pumpkin spice and cinnamon is beginning to fill the air. It’s such a wonderful time of the year filled with fun, family, fiestas, and of course, food! While enjoying all that this time of year has to offer, it can be a challenge to balance indulgence for the season with healthy habits and self-care. Here I’ll be sharing some simple things you can do to make it through the holiday season with vibrancy and good health!
Food & Culture: Incorporating Healthy Food Choices into Various Traditional Cuisine
Katie Zaboy, Eastern Michigan University Dietetic Intern 2019
Living and working in Solano County we interact daily with a diverse community of people. Cultural competency is vital to unify our community, to create a safe and thriving place to live.
What is culture?Culture refers to a group that we have shared experiences with, that in turn informs the way we understand the world around us. Culture can be groups we are born into like race, class, national origin, or ones we join or become a part of by moving to a new place, becoming disabled, or based on our lifestyle choices. Culture can be inborn or by choice, either way someone’s culture is something we should work to understand and respect.
One of the first steps in becoming culturally competent is to recognize and understand our own culture. Understanding our own culture can help us become aware of areas where we may differ from other cultures and can help us to be sensitive about asserting our own cultural norms on others.