Let's walk to school and harvest squash from the garden!
September 2016
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You are receiving this email from the Community Wellness Program, a division of Toiyabe Indian Health Project. The Community Wellness Program is supported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grants Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH).

This newsletter facilitates monthly updates in the areas of healthy eating, active living and smoke-free environments. We hope that you find this newsletter useful, informative and engaging. Please forward this to any other parties that you think might benefit from the content.

Thank you,
Kate, Serena and Katie


Increasing Access to Healthy Food

Late summer means lots of squash in the garden! And there is squash to share at our Toiyabe Clinic in Coleville. Staff from the Coleville clinic, led by Neva Baker, in partnership with our Community Wellness Program, have built raised garden beds to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for patients, staff, and the community. Their next plans include putting in a greenhouse to extend the growing season and produce food year round!

Increasing Access to Physical Activity

Not only is it back-to-school time, but Walk to School Day is fast-approaching on October 5th! Walk to School Day is a fun and energizing way to promote safe walking for students, parents, and the whole community, as well as encourage healthier lifestyles.

Community Wellness is partnering with the Bishop Indian Education Center and Bishop TANF programs to organize the 2nd annual Walk to School event for Bishop students.

Are you thinking of planning of Walk to School event in your community? We can help! 

  • Here's a guide on how to plan a Walk to School event
  • Have you heard of a walking school bus? Here's how to make one!
  • Or email Katie with a question!

Community Champion Spotlight

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

Gerald Howard
Gerald was nomiated to be our September spotlight. In his time on the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council, Gerald was a strong supporter of our Community Wellness Program projects and health initiatives in his community. 

Where do you work or volunteer?
I'm a retired high school teacher. 
What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
I love running, weight training, and cycling. 
What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
My dream for a healthy community would be one where everyone was active in some type of physical activity on a regular basis. A community where families eat healthy and cook their own meals. A community where children are educated and encouraged to live healthy.

If you would like to nominate a Community Champion for us to spotlight, send us an email!

Community Interview

Deadline September 30 for Community Interviews
Our Community Wellness Program has partnered with the Public Health Institute to conduct telephone interviews to gather feedback and help identify the current health status, health behaviors, and needs of the people we serve. Call or text 760-920-6610 to schedule an interview and be entered to win a prize. See the flyer for more information. 

Congratulations to our two recent winners! Pictured below, on the left, Elaine Bowers received a $250 gift card to Vons, and on the right, Steve Barlow received a $25 gift card to the Paiute Palace Casino, and a $50 gift card to Manor Market. Thank you to Elaine, Steve and everyone who has taken the time to take the interview; your feedback is important! 


Community Calendar

safeTALK Program: September 9 - Bishop, September 13 - Lone Pine, and September 15 - Big Pine
Attend the half-day safeTALK and learn to identify people who may have thoughts of suicide, how to ask them directly about the possibility of suicide, and connect them to life-saving resources. Find more information here.

Native Youth in Food & Agriculture Summit - Applications Due September 10
The Pacific regional Summit will bring Native youth ages 15-18 together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience about the issues they will be facing as the next generation of food & agirculture leaders in the Pacific region. Download applications at Find more information here

Introduction to Permaculture Design - September 10-11
Free weekend class offering an introduction to permaculture design. Topics for the course include home gardening, composting, working with natural systems, and other topics. More information here.

Owens Valley Tribal Environmental Youth Camp - Sunday September 11 
Now accepting applications! Explore the historical tablelands. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a documentary film. Find more information here.

Walk for Life - Friday, September 23 starting at Toiyabe Bishop Clinic
Walk for Life unites our Native people with the common goals of preventing suicide and ending the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental health disorders. Find more information here

Walk to School Day - Wednesday, October 5
Join friends and families for this fun morning walking to school along the COSA path! Meet at 7:15am at the Cultural Center. Healthy breakfast snacks will be served. Find more information here.

Big Pine Wellness Center New Offerings!
Free day care services to all gym members! And new classes! Take a look here, here, and here

Send us an email if you are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it listed here! 

Healthy Eating

The Movement to Define Native American Cuisine
Mr. Sherman, a 42-year-old chef who is Oglala Lakota, draws from the knowledge of the Lakota and Ojibwe tribes who farmed and foraged on the plains of the Midwest. His work is part of a slowly gathering movement that he and other cooks are calling “new Native American cuisine,” or “indigenous cuisine” — an effort to revitalize native food cultures in contemporary kitchens. Read more here.

Swap a Soda for Water to Reduce Weight Gain
Swap that can of cola for a glass of water - your waistline will thank you for it. This is the conclusion of a new study, which found that replacing a single sweetened beverage with water may reduce the risk of obesity and improve overall health. Read more here

Is Sushi ‘Healthy’? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree
Is popcorn good for you? What about pizza, orange juice or sushi? Or frozen yogurt, pork chops or quinoa? Which foods are healthy? In principle, it’s a simple enough question, and a person who wishes to eat more healthily should reasonably expect to know which foods to choose at the supermarket and which to avoid. Unfortunately, the answer is anything but simple. Read more here.

Active Living

#0to60 The Fastest Way to Living Healthy Starts Right Now
There are countless benefits from living a healthy lifestyle. Physically active adults are more productive, confident, and able to sleep better. #0to60 is a new national campaign, with a website and mobile app to show how to integrate regular physical activity and good nutrition into their everyday lives. 

Just Move It: Teaching Navajo Nation Members That Exercise Is Fun
Forty thousand miles. That’s how much ground Navajos hope to cover this year during the 24th annual “Just Move It” program, a series of 137 community events in four states that draw hundreds or even thousands of runners and walkers to roads, sidewalks, paved trails or dirt paths. Read more here

Gardening can Sub for Gym Membership
Each tool works a different muscle. An accompanying graphic featured an assortment of garden tools and their purpose as workout equipment. I now have a new respect for each tool and its purpose as a piece of workout equipment, and I no longer feel guilty for not belonging to a gym. Read more here and here.

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