As a special treat, I'd like to share one of our brand-new Dietary Guidelines for Americans resources with you.
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And here's the handout!
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Layers of Influence:
Layers of influence interact and intersect to affect what a person chooses to eat or drink.
These layers include social and cultural values and norms, which the guidelines define as “rules that govern thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors [and which are also] shared assumptions of appropriate behaviors, based on the values of a society.”
These norms and values are prevalent and can be tough to change, but changes to sectors can help advance healthful choices.
We also have individual factors. Things like sex, age, physical health, race/ethnicity, knowledge, skills, and socioeconomic status all play a role in the food choices we make.
The Roles of Sectors and Settings:
Systems like education, transportation, governments, and health care can play a role in individual choices, as can businesses and organizations. The guidelines assert, “These sectors all have an important role in helping individuals make healthy choices.”
When it comes to settings like home, early care and education programs, food service, food retail, schools, and community centers, the influence can be pretty clear – what foods are offered and what chances people have for physical activity can all play a huge role in health. The guidelines insist, “In combination, sectors and settings can influence social norms and values.”
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.