E3 Integrating Cultural Practices Nutrition Intervention Strategies for Diabetes and CV Health. Katherine Brieger, RD,CDE Hudson River HealthCare May 2005. Foods and Culture. Culture can be defined as a learned set of values, beliefs, norms and patterns of behavior.
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Katherine Brieger, RD,CDE
Hudson River HealthCare
Culture can be defined as a learned set of values, beliefs, norms and patterns of behavior.
The foods people eat reflects their culture, and the degree to which they are acculturated and assimilated to a specific community.
In many cultures, a larger physique is indicative of good health.
Don’t assume that your patient automatically agrees with you for the need to lose weight.
Taste foods from different cultures
Ask how foods are prepared
Ask how the food may impact health
Ask if there are any special foods/teas which help to improve health
Assume that all people of a specific culture eat the same foods
Assume that all people of a specific culture eat the same foods or foods which are prepared in the same way
Assume that foods are prepared in the same way you are familiar with
Assume that people are not willing to change the way they eatDo’s and Don’ts