The place in which you live, work, shop, walk, go to school and eat – this is your community. Just like safety and education are community issues, we believe nutrition and healthy eating are community issues, too. Really important ones. With obesity among adults and primarily in children continuing to rise – along with the prevalence of weight-related health issues as the result of what we put into our bodies – we think it’s more important than ever to band together around healthy, good food, and especially to provide encouragement to our fellows along the way.
Healthy eating isn’t something that happens in isolation, at your home or at work. Your behavior influences others. Your spouse, children, colleagues and fellow club members – they take stock of how, and what, you eat. When you dine with friends, you share health and nutrition as much as you share conversation. When you prepare a snack for your child’s school, you contribute to community nutrition by modeling healthy eating. When you shop at the local farmers market, you support members of the local community who work hard to grow healthy, nourishing food. When you volunteer at the local food pantry or shelter to package or serve food, you help to nourish your community in more ways than one.
How the members of your community – and of the community at large – experience food and nutrition often is influenced by cultural and socioeconomic factors as well. Recognizing that these exist can both expand and enhance your understanding of what it means to be part of community, and the many ways we are striving to find our way to better health through better food.
Consider what you can bring to the community table.