Activist from Former Soviet Block Educates Children, Families on Healthy Diets
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This changemaker raised in the former Czechoslovakia, Iva Dior, became an activist as a small child. Today, in the United States, the singer and activist continues to advocate for change, working primarily to educate children and families on good nutrition.
She explains how she got her start. “I got to know families who were desperate to change their lifestyle, but didn’t know where to start. I took them shopping, shared a few recipes and realized there’s away to do this on a budget. It’s the moms and dads who needed to feel empowered to change their families’ eating habits.”
Along the way, Iva has faced significant challenges. “Having been raised in communist Czechoslovakia, one of the greatest challenges has been always going against the current. I never quite fit in, because I saw challenges and I wanted to solve them. Being a dreamer and a changemaker wasn’t encouraged, yet I felt my purpose was to live a purpose-driven life.”
She credits her grandfather for her success, even though she never met him. “My grandfather Otto, whom I never got to meet, but who’s presence I feel daily in my life is my hero. He was a community leader and an activist during the Soviet occupation during Prague Spring of 1968. I seem to have inherited his altruistic, activist and working-to-make-the-world-a-better-place gene.”
On Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 4:00 Eastern, Iva will join me here for a live discussion about her interesting life experiences and her work helping kids and families eat a more healthy diet. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.
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As a child, Iva Dior, putting up posters for demonstrations during the Velvet Revolution in communist Czechoslovakia, was already a rebel. Coming from a family of activists, she was never quite satisfied with the status quo even if it meant getting in trouble at school for wearing a jacket with “NATO” imprinted on it, or opening the forbidden topic of religion.
In addition to being a mother of three, a singer, and a leader in the Refugee Action Network of Utah, Iva’s passion is providing and educating others on healthy, vibrant food. Seeing the health crisis affecting the children in this country, Iva has developed free, hands-on experiences with the full spectrum of ingredients that provide a health-filled diet and lifestyle to children and adults who, because of budget constraints or lack of exposure, may not know how to realistically incorporate them into their lives. Iva has partnered with Kid Labs, an organization that champions for others and takes on unique social challenges, led by a 7-year-old superhero Chase and his side-kick John, his dad. With Kid Labs, Iva contributes her vision and passion through creating fun, hands-on classes at local health food stores and community kitchens for parents and their children called “Rainbow On A Budget”.
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