It’s Celebrate Diversity Month! Whether it’s what people do for physical activity or what they enjoy eating it’s always fun to discover how other people live. Let’s find out!
We hear the word diversity often, but what does it mean? I asked Joe Wendover, the Diversity and Equity Manager for the Department of Transitional Assistance. Here is what he had to say, “Diversity is respecting all people with varying characteristics, such as different gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.”. He then asked me to:
“Picture this- a dining room table full of people from all different walks of life. The table and the people at the table represents DIVERSITY. Everyone at that table has a voice and their voices are all heard, INCLUSION. The table is a circle, there is no head of the table and everyone’s voice is heard equally, no voice has the final say or power over the other, this is EQUITY.”
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The more we learn about people lives, what they do for work and play, what their food preferences are, can all help us embrace diversity and enrich our own lives. It has been proven that diversity in neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces increases creativity, allows for greater problem solving, and improves our mental health. It helps us live healthier lives.
Are you curious what other people around the world do for physical activity? Many people living in Europe don’t exercise, but their lives are already active walking and cycling to school, work, and shops. Yoga is practiced all over India, which is where it originated over 5,000 years ago. While we think of yoga as exercise, in India yoga is a way to practice spirituality. Walk through a city park during the morning in China and you will find groups of people practicing Tai Chi together. Tai Chi is a series of physical exercises and stretches. In South America the most popular types of physical activity are walking, soccer, and dancing. And while you can find CrossFit gyms in Lagos, Nigeria, the most popular form of activity in Africa is walking. In fact, walking is the most popular physical activity around the world! What do you like to do?
Have you considered what people eat in different places? Have you heard of Kimchi? It is a fermented food made, primarily, of cabbage as well as ginger, garlic, and other spices. It was developed to store vegetables during the winter nearly 3,000 years ago and can be found at nearly every meal in Korea and parts of China. We’ve all heard (and love!) pizza, but did you know it is considered the heart and soul of Italy with its secret recipe passed on from generation to generation? Have you ever had Couscous? It’s a type of cereal originating from Northern Africa and comes from semolina, a flour. And food from Japan is known to be healthy in its use of local ingredients like fish, rice, and vegetables but it’s also steeped in culture and tradition. For more recipes that explore diversity go to: https://www.myplate.gov/myplate-kitchen/recipes
Check out our featured recipes for this month where we represent Mexico and the Middle East:
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