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Toiyabe Community Wellness Program Newsletter
February 2017
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Manahuu and Hello!

From Bike Share to Walk to School to Green Prescription, we have a lot to share with you this February. Make sure to check out our "Heard Around the Office" at the end of the email, to share with us what you think is the priority for closing the health gap between rural and urban communities.

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

- Community Wellness Team
Program Updates

Our funding ends in eight short months, but we have a lot planned to accomplish in that time! In December, we highlighted our partner projects with physical activity and healthy food in Part 1 of our project update series. This month, in Part 2, we highlight our system-level projects, like the bike share and green prescription programs. There will be lots happening this spring and summer so stay tuned to our facebook page for announcements and updates!

Each month we spotlight a Community Champion who is working to make our community healthier and stronger one project at a time.

Where do you work or volunteer?
I am the Toiyabe Indian Health Project’s Female Prevention Outreach worker, I provide prevention activities such as pregnancy prevention, suicide prevention and drug and alcohol prevention activities for Native Youth from Coleville to Death Valley. I am also a volunteer Bishop Tribal Youth Council Mentor and the Bishop Paiute Tribe’s ITCC representative.

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
My favorite healthy snack is any type of mixed nuts or trail mix. I really like dried fruits. My family was gifted with a dehydrator this Christmas and I can’t wait to try it out. My favorite physical activity is participating in the Crossfit program at Eastern Sierra Athletics through the TANF Family Formation Program. My husband is a coach for the 4:30 class that my son attends and I take a class at 6:30 p.m. along with my 19 year old daughter. I prefer Crossfit, it helps keep me motivated as it is very coached and instructed.

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
My dream for a healthy community is where our community members have access to their own fruits and vegetables and incorporate healthy options into their family meals.
If you would like to nominate a Community Champion for us to spotlight, send us an email!
Digital storytelling is a powerful way to share what is happening locally. 

Our program made this video highlighting our Walk to School efforts!

AkaMya produced this video of a rally at Big Pine High School around the Standing Rock movement.

Ohobu Media produced this video highlighting the Big Pine Winter Wellness Youth Camp in in January.

Local Happenings

Dance the night away and learn about teen dating violence at the Winter Wonderland on the Rez, for grades 6th - 12th.

*New*  Walking School Bus Wednesday has two locations to walk from! Save the date for the March walk to school on March 1, 2017.

Save the date for the second annual Toiyabe Health Fair on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Fantastic Opportunities!

First Nations is now accepting proposals to award 12 grants of up to $35,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control.

The Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival will be held at the University of Wisconsin.

The Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit is accepting applications.

Strike a pose and enter a photo contest highlighting tobacco's impact on your community. 

Healthy Eating

Practical changes to the meals you commonly eat can improve your diet and add up to big wins over time.

Educational attainment is correlated to health and life expectancy.

Active Living

Too much sitting and too little exercise may accelerate biological aging.

Parents who reduced their sedentary behavior and increased their physical activity level had children who did the same.


Rural Americans at High Risk of Death

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study shares that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from the five leading causes of death -  heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke - than urban Americans.  Most of these deaths are potentially preventable. The good news is that these health disparities can be addressed through prevention activities like the work that the Community Wellness Program is doing to increase access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities. The great work each of you, and all our partners, do can prevent death and help to close this critical health gap.

Let's try out the survey function in our newsletter, with a question on what you think! CDC recommends it is important for healthcare providers in rural areas to address the follow six focus areas.

Which intervention do you think is highest priority for improving the health of rural Americans? (Select one answer below)
Screen patients for high blood pressure
Increase cancer prevention and early detection
Encourage physical activity and healthy eating
Promote smoking cessation
Promote vehicle safety
Engage in safer prescribing of opioids for pain

Are you curious to know more? Read it directly from the CDC.
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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, active living and smoke-free environments. 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, Katie, and Matt
Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc.
52 Tu Su 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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