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What surrounds you, but can’t be seen? Influences all your choices, but can’t be cornered? Is modifiable by you, but only with conscious effort? Culture.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines culture as “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices.” Our family, friend groups, work organizations, churches, and neighborhoods all have micro-cultures that influence our choices, and we each contribute to that culture with our choices.
How would you describe attitudes about health and healthful practices in the cultures you’re a part of? Does your association with these cultures inspire you to eat more nourishing foods, be more physically active, and practice principles of good mental health?
The holidays are a wonderful time to contribute to a culture of health with the gifts you choose to give those you love and appreciate. Here are some health-enhancing ideas to consider gifting during the season of giving and tradition-making:
Erica Hansen is a registered dietitian who owns the nutrition consulting company, Foods That Fit. She specializes in working with individuals and organizations to make their health and lifestyle goals fit into real life. She believes that getting back to the basics—preparing good, wholesome foods at home—is the first step to improving health.