Toiyabe Community Wellness Program Newsletter
December 2016
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Manahuu and Hello!

We are excited to bring you a new looking email with the same awesome content, plus more! Check out our "Heard Around the Office" at the end of the email for musings from our team.

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

- Community Wellness Team
CWP continues its partnership with several Eastern Sierra Tribes to promote community gardens and increased healthy food access. The Toiyabe Coleville Clinic is building a greenhouse and expanding their garden to increase their ability to provide fresh produce to patients and the community. The Bridgeport Indian Colony Traditional Ecological Knowledge garden continues to grow with the expansion of their honey bee operation, increasing year round growing, and community cooking classes. The Bishop Paiute Tribe's Food Sovereignty Program is expanding their growing operation to include seasonal plant starts and increased capacity at their aquaponics site. The Big Pine Paiute Tribe Sustainable Food System Project is enhancing their operation with year round vegetable production in their hoop houses and will increase their growing capacity by creating a new garden site. The Fort Independence Community Garden will be growing vegetable starts through the winter to provide to community members and increasing their orchard production with the planting of additional large fruit trees and berry stalks. All of the community garden projects are open to the public and always welcome extra hands!
CWP continues to partner with Tribes and local organizations to increase opportunities for physical activity engagement in the Eastern Sierra. This year the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe will focus their wellness efforts on the construction of a new wellness and community center. Through our partnership they will hire a coordinator to oversee the development of the wellness center and community bike share program and promote community classes. The Big Pine Paiute Development Corporation continues its partnership with CWP through the expansion of classes offered at their wellness center to the greater Big Pine community. They will also be creating healthy cooking classes and provide free childcare to wellness center patrons. The Bridgeport Indian Colony will also continue their work to create a healthy physically active environment by increasing the number of classes offered at their wellness center and expanding their bike share program to reach a broader community audience.
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?
Greetings! My name is Janice Mendez and I am the Community Facilities Coordinator for the Bridgeport Indian Colony.

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
My favorite healthy snack are nuts: pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. My all-time favorite activity is bowling (which is nowhere close by), and I enjoy walking to work.

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
I see a healthy community as one where all community members are drug and alcohol free, and language and culture take precedence over anything else; with a strong Nüümü mind and spirit, all things healthy will fall into place. Additionally, one where our paya and land are restored and protected, allowing our people to have their own gardens for access to fruits and vegetables, for healthy fuel leading to good energy for physical activities.

If you would like to nominate a Community Champion for us to spotlight, send us an email!
Did you miss our movie premiere for Building Healthy Tribal Communities? You can watch the whole video on our YouTube Channel!

Local Happenings

The Big Pine Wellness Center is offering two new awesome classes: Country Heat Live and Food Prep 101.

The Big Pine Youth Wellness Camp is a little more than a month away! The camp features workshops and activities that will promote healthy minds and healthy bodies and cultural preservation in our area youth.

Bishop Indian Head Start is holding a Clothing Drive and Swapportunity. Clean out your closets and pass along your gently used winter clothes to our local families in need!

Healthy Eating

Bishop and Big Pine's Tribal food programs were featured on KCET! Hear from Jen Schlaich and Joe Miller as they talk about the healthy, local work they are both a part of.

We know what we are supposed to eat, but sometimes we just don't do it. Here is a good reminder to not get involved with fad diets!

Voters in Boulder, CO and the Bay Area said a resounding yes to a tax on sugary beverages

Native-American vets are working to bring fresh produce and healing to food deserts in LA.

Active Living

Building bike lanes makes your community healthier! Per dollar spent, it is a cheap way to improve public health.

Every day, tens of thousands of schoolchildren across Britain run, jog or walk a mile under a voluntary scheme dubbed the “daily mile.”

Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments

California as a whole, and Inyo and Mono Counties, all voted yes on Prop 56 Cigarette Tax.

Despite progress in reducing the proportion of adults who smoke cigarettes, 36.5 million U.S. adults still smoke and significant disparities persist. 

Smoking will be prohibited in public housing residences nationwide under a federal rule announced in late November.

Fantastic Opportunities!

This 8 week program exposes American Indian students to the science of diabetes, endocrinology, nutrition and obesity.  Applications close February 15.

The Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Summer Leadership Summit is accepting applications for students to attend July 16-25, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arizona. 

Digital storytelling challenge due January 30! Video should communicate how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Equality vs Equity

Two terms that are frequently referenced when talking about health – health equality and health equity – sound similar but actually have very different meanings!  What’s the difference?  Health equality means that every person is treated identically.  Health equity means that people who start at a disadvantage when it comes to health and wellness receive more resources and support.  Put in general terms: Equality is treating everyone the same.  Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful (or healthy!) according to their circumstances.

CDC refers to health inequities as "types of unfair health differences closely linked with social, economic or environmental disadvantages." A significant proportion of Native people are struggling with health disparities that stem, in part, from intergenerational trauma, according to Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart.  How can we start to reduce these health disparities?  Providing the same type and number of resources to everyone won't work. In order to reduce health disparities, the underlying issues and individual needs of underserved and vulnerable populations must be effectively addressed.

More information on health equity from the California Endowment is available here.
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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

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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