Eating well is important for both our physical and mental health. When our bodies are properly nourished, we feel more energized and capable of doing what we want to do, which leads to a greater sense of wellbeing. In this way, the positive effects of eating well can reach all areas of our lives. However, there are often social and structural factors that can hinder our ability to make healthy food choices. Income, location, education, and many other factors impact how free people are to nourish themselves. These factors are often determined by systemic racism and classism. Nonetheless, the more we know about these structural factors as well as nutrition, the more control we can take back. Prioritizing healthy eating can thus be a road to collective action for social change, as well as an individual path to wellbeing.
Health and Nutrition throughout the Lifespan
Dr. De Souza-Kenney explains the many ‘social determinants of health’ that affect our lives, many of which we may not often take into consideration. Learning about social contributors to health or illness can help us understand why there are disparities in health literacy, and also how predispositions to certain conditions arise among groups of people.
Making Food Choices on Campus
In this video, Dr. De Souza-Kenney begins by discussing the intergenerational factors that contribute to our health, both biological and environmental. Many traditional food choices our ancestors made are actually backed by science, making most of our homemade foods naturally more healthful than processed ones. Dr. De Souza-Kenney suggests bringing some of your own food to campus as an easy way to choose healthier eating.
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