Cultural Obstacles to Overcome to Get Healthy

Great blog about the influence of culture on our health behaviors from the perspective of health and wellness expert!

A major cultural event we are all taking part in this week in the United States is Thanksgiving,..and we just went through Halloween…a holiday where candy is around every corner, now that’s scary! We certainly have some health challenges in our culture.

Have you noticed a shift toward healthier foods on Thanksgiving in your family or community? or do you think we all throw our healthy habits to the wind on this day? or during the winter holiday season, for that matter?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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obesityI started in the health and wellness industry over 15 years ago and it has been a journey. I have seen the evolution of mindsets to at least accepting the importance of exercise and activity, even if the actions haven’t happened yet. When I first started hawking my gospel music exercise video “Taking It To A Higher Ground”, to encourage African American women to exercise, I thought I was providing an answer to their workout dilemma, finding a motivating way to work out. What I came to understand is that at that time, many women really did not see the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle.

For the most part, African American women have very positive body images, which is a good thing. The problem occurs when those body images allow for life threatening obesity to be acceptable. And many times lifestyle changes don’t happen until the condition provides…

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Posted on November 21, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. During the Holiday Season our stress levels seem to increase. The weather is colder for us in the Northern section of the country (and several other sections these days!) One thing that is affected when the weather is colder is how much water we drink daily. It is difficult to think of drinking a cold or even cool cup of water when you are freezing on the inside! I suggest you go for warm beverages like water with lemon or tea. There are so many varieties of tea available I am sure you will be able to find one that is your “go too” beverage when you are looking to hydrate.
    Many people get their body needs confused when under stress. We can get thirst, hunger, and tiredness confused; therefore we will eat comfort foods thinking we are hungry when we really are thirsty or tired. First thing to do when you enter your kitchen is get a cup of warm tea or water and drink it while you are preparing your comfort food. This could hit the spot and decrease your desire for that high sugar, carbohydrate item. It is always easier said than done but TRY to get enough rest each evening. It is so important to be consistent with sleep patterns. It really does not work if you try to “catch up” on sleep over the weekend after a busy work week. Aim for at least 7 hours a night for sleep. If you don’t this could negatively affect your health and can increase your stress level even more!


    • You’re right, often I’m actually thirsty when I feel tired and seek comfort food. At work when I get really fatigued, a drink of water perks me up because I’ve become dehydrated. Then I can work for efficiently and my mind is clearer to care for my patients. So important for nurses to care for our bodies throughout the entire work shift. Especially this time of year when there will be all kinds of goodies at the nurses station and in break rooms. Water first, snacks and treats second sounds like a great strategy to stay healthy this season. Thank you for sharing!


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