People bond and foster relationships around the dinner table and at celebrations with special meals and foods, such as birthday cake or a graduation reception. Some people use food to cope with stress by overeating or depriving themselves of food. Food may also be used as a reward for accomplishing a specific goal or as a way of expressing creativity. Food is also a big part of social events. Consequently, what people eat can reveal much about who they are socially, politically and culturally. In this Integrated Thematic Unit, the community of San Marcos, CA and the students of Mission Hills High School come together to help spread awareness about the importance of health and wellness, as well as address how culture affects nutrition.