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Toiyabe Community Wellness Program Newsletter
May 2017
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Manahuu and Hello!

Spring can be a time of growth and change, and we have a lot of exciting updates to share with you as it has been a time of growth and change for Community Wellness! Read on to hear about the second annual Health Fair, Coleville clinic greenhouse opening, Eastside Bike Share launch, and an exciting update on our program funding! 

Awasu nüü ü-buni-wei, and have a healthy day.

- The Community Wellness Team
Program Updates

We are excited to share the launch of the Eastside Bike Share. The Eastside Bike Share has 20 cruiser bikes available at two stations to check out and ride around town on errands or for recreation. One station is located at the Toiyabe Bishop Clinic on See Vee Lane, and the second station is located at the Bishop City Park.

Riding with the bike share is easy. Riders create an account with the Zagster mobile app on their smart phone. Rides cost $2/hour. To get your first hour free, use this code when checking out a bike: EBSFREEHOUR. Each bike has a lockbox on the back of the bike that opens with a code generated by the app. There is a key inside that unlocks the bike, and then you’re ready to ride! After the rider returns the bike to one of the stations, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy. The cruiser bikes are sturdy bikes with baskets that can be easily ridden around town. And because safety is a priority, every bike has automatic lights, a bell, full reflectors, and a helmet.

Take a Ride on the Eastside Bike Share
Coleville Clinic Greenhouse
Toiyabe staff at our Coleville Clinic planteda raised bed garden last summer. Since then, they've been busy building a greenhouse to grow fruits and vegetables year round! On Thursday, April 13th, we celebrated the grand opening of their new greenhouse with a visit from local kindergarten and first grade students. The students helped plant the first vegetable starts and move them to the greenhouse to grow throughout the spring!
Great News - REACH Funding Extended!

We have great news to share. Our primary funder of our Community Wellness Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has extended out REACH funding for one additional year, until September 2018. This means we will have another year to continue our healthy food and nutrition work! You can read detail on our REACH projects here. The extension will allow us to continue to support our partners in community gardens, farmers markets, and school garden work. 

Unfortunately, our PICH work is still ending this coming September. We are working to support our partners and assist with project wrap-up and completion. We will give final updates on project successes in the following newsletters!

We are grateful to CDC for the last six years of funding, and thankful that we can continue our healthy food work for one more year!

An example of one of our REACH projects, students at the Bishop Indian Head Start harvest strawberries from their school garden.
Each month we spotlight a Community Champion who is working to make our community healthier and stronger one project at a time.

Chris jumped in at the last minute to assemble the bikes for our Eastside Bike Share, and we are super grateful and appreciative!

Where do you work or volunteer?
I work and volunteer at Aerohead Cycles bike shop.

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
Cycling, I love to ride in the White Mountains. And right now, the flowers are just going off out there.

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
I guess, just people riding their bikes to work more often!
If you would like to nominate a Community Champion for us to spotlight, send us an email!
Did you miss the second annual Toiyabe Health Fair in March? Here's a quick fun video showing the highlights of the event. 

Local Happenings

Last Walking School Bus event for the school year on Wednesday, May 3. The COSA path is beautiful right now, we hope you can join us!

Inyo & Mono Counties' Master Food preservers will be holding a dehydrating workshop on May 18 in Bishop. 

Mono County's Annual Community Health Fair will be held Friday, June 2.

May is Bike Month!

The Eastern Sierra Bike Challenge is happening again! Interested in participating? Here's the FAQ on how to sign up. Or check out the leader board to see who is in the lead!

Explore data and trends around bicycling and walking in the United States in this interactive and colorful online report.

Safety first - check out this colorful and musical video for kids on why wearing a helmet is so important!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Two of our Eastern Sierra community gardens were featured in the Green Sheet. 

Fantastic Opportunities!

Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future will provide grants to Native American communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14. 10 grants will be awarded of up to $15,000 each. Deadline to apply is May 5, 2017.  

Job opening with Inyo County Superintendent of Schools! Application closes May 3. The Outdoor Education Coordinator has a lot of great activities to oversee. Learn more here and apply here.

The national Food Sovereignty Summit is THE annual forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within our communities.

The second annual Conference on Native American Nutrition brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work.


Bike Share Equity

As we launch the Eastside Bike Share with the goal of increasing access to physical activity for everyone, we will need to actively decrease barriers to using the bike share.

In our research into how other communities have worked towards bike share equity, we came across this article addressing just that question! It highlights four lessons that "Nice Ride Minnesota" learned with their bike share program, ending by saying, "we have this thing, how would you like to use it? How does it fit in with you?"

How do you think we can make the Eastside Bike Share program more accessible?
host group rides
offer in-person tutorials on how to check out bikes
promo codes
educational videos


Have a suggestion not included in the survey answers above? Email us and let us know!
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You are receiving this email from the Community Wellness Program at Toiyabe Indian Health Project. The Community Wellness Program is supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding via two grants: Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH).

This newsletter provides updates and resources connected to healthy eating and active living. We hope that you find it useful, informative, and engaging!  We also encourage you to forward it to anyone you think might enjoy reading it.

Thank you,

Kate, Serena, and Katie
Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc.
250 See Vee Lane
Bishop, CA 93514
760-873-8851

The mission of Toiyabe Indian Health Project is to improve and establish programs, policies and actions which focus on developing and maintaining healthy individuals, families and Indian communities while fostering tribal sovereignty, self-sufficiency and cultural values.
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