This week was Global Nutrition Week at one of the local elementary schools and we highlighted pineapple with a recipe tasting and handouts!
The overall goal of GNW is to expose kids to diverse backgrounds to become more culturally competent. Cultural competence is crucial in nutrition because culture greatly shapes our food choices, eating habits, and health beliefs. Competence allows everyone to work more effectively and understand people from diverse backgrounds. Teaching children to be culturally competent teaches them that different cultures have unique dietary patterns, which impact their overall health differently. This also helps them understand that cultural beliefs influence food choices and attitudes about nutrition and why some cultures associate certain foods with significance. Cultural competence helps increase their health literacy and ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information.