The power of food

I watched a program this week that reminded me of the power of food.  The program is a travel show that documents the trip of a British chef, Jamie Oliver, who explores the US by seeking out the food and tastes of the local areas he visits.  This particular episode took him to the Navajo reservation in Arizona.  The community has been struggling to find a way to combat a high rate of obesity and diabetes, especially amongst the younger members of their community.  One way that they have been trying to combat these trends is to try and encourage the younger generation to once again become familiar with the traditional recipes.  This program only gave a quick glimpse into this world, but it showed that as the community came together over the planting of crops and the preparation of the traditional foods the community was becoming aware of ways to be healthier and was keeping alive cultural traditions that were generations old.

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