Serving a traditional luncheon and walking to school!
October 2016
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Manahuu and Hello <<First Name>>,

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, and Katie


Increasing Access to Healthy Food

Traditional Lunch with Toiyabe Indian Health Board of Directors
On September 9th, the Eastern Sierra Tribal Food Coalition (ESTFC) met with the Toiyabe Indian Health Project (TIHP) Board of Directors to present on their efforts to develop and enhance a regional food system for the Eastern Sierra. The presentation highlighted food-related projects, ongoing food policy work, and future goals for Tribes.  It also laid out a shared vision for a regional food system and a hope for continued support from TIHP and Tribal Councils and Administrations. 

The coalition gave a collaborative presentation, with staff from the Bishop, Big Pine, Bridgeport, and Fort Independence Paiute Tribes, the TIHP Preventive Medicine Department, and the University of Davis Cooperative Extension, all speaking.  Roseanne Moose cooked a delicious traditional meal complete with elk, bison, and local produce grown in Tribal community gardens. The ESTFC also presented the Board of Directors with a Food For Thought handout, which includes information on food sovereignty, traditional and modern food systems, and food policy.

The ESTFC members hope that the presentation will spur conversations, provide more opportunities for food systems development, and broaden regional food system coordination.

Increasing Access to Physical Activity

On Wednesday, October 5, students and parents walked to school along the COSA path after enjoying healthy breakfast snacks at the Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center. Parents were also invited to sign petition letters to both the Bishop Unified School District and Inyo County Transportation, asking, respectively, to keep the COSA gate unlocked in the morning and evening so students can walk to school along the COSA path, and to research the possibility of installing a crosswalk being where the COSA path crosses See Vee Lane.

Many community organizations came together to make this event possible, including the Owens Valley Career Development Center; the Bishop Paiute Tribe Cultural Center; Bishop Paiute Tribal Police; Inyo County Superintendent of Schools; Bishop Indian Education Center; and Toiyabe Indian Health Project.

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling around communities and emphasize issues such as pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. Walking to and from school also makes it easy for students to get the recommended one hour or more of physical activity each day. In addition, these events build connections between families, schools, law enforcement, and the broader community. 

Community Champion Spotlight

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

Autumn Wilder

Where do you work or volunteer?
I work at the Fort Independence community garden were I weed and water the plants, making sure they grow well. Then I harvest the fruits and vegetables and deliver them to the Elders. 

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
I know it doesn't sound very healthy, but I love walnut toffee. It has protein and swerve (a sugar alternative) to sweeten it, so it is healthy and amazing. I also like "special brownies," they have blended up okra and no sugar. But those are treats. Every morning on week days I drink a kale, defatted peanut butter powder, collagen, berry, almond milk and swerve smoothie. It is delicious, fast, easy and healthy. As long as my knee isn't acting up I enjoy biking to and from work every day after walking my dogs. I also go to martial arts twice a week and twice a week I work out at the outside gym by the Bishop Park. As far as my favorite that's hard to tell!

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
In a healthy community everyone would eat healthier and take care of themselves and maybe reach out beyond their comfort zone and try new things like eggplant. If you cook it right, it's amazing. We would gather foods in season like blackberries and rose hips. We would listen and learn from each other, learning more about food preservation and health tips, like did you know strawberry leaves have the highest source of Vitamin C found in nature? Or that elderberries and elderflowers are amazing immune boosters and help you get better faster? There is so much we can learn from each other if we just listen.

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


Community Calendar

Indigenous Pink Day - Friday, October 21
Indigenous Pink Day is a national breast cancer awareness campaign for American Indians/Alaska Natives. Wear pink and share photos on social media using the hashtag #IndigenousPink to spread breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most common cancer found in American Indian/Alaska Native women. Find out more here.

3rd Annual National Gathering - October 25-27
Hosted by the Healthy Native Communities Partnership, the Gathering will be held at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California. Our Gathering will begin with an evening welcome event on October 25, and continue with two full days on October 26 and 27, 2016. Here is the link to register: and find out more here.

Monthly WOW Walking to School - November 2 & December 7
New this year - Walk On Wednesdays, the first Wednesday of every month, starting at the Cultural Center at 7:30am, leaving by 7:45am. Let's make walking to school a fun, healthy habit! Find out more here.

Toiyabe Road Run - Saturday November 5
This family fun run features a 10 km, 5 km walk/run and FREE 1 km walk/run for all ages and abilities. Find out more information here, like how to register and to view a race map!

2017 Winter Wellness Camp "Step Up" - January 13-16
This camp came together to help youth become the best versions of themselves that they can be. Youth ages 10-18 are invited to attend. Adult chaperones are needed! Find out more information here.

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

Healthy Eating

New Toolkit for Promoting Water Intake
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation released Water First: A Toolkit for Promoting Water Intake in Community Settings to help promote water consumption. The toolkit has sample messaging, ads/material examples, and ideas for promoting water consumption.

Grain From Days Gone By Could Form Heart-Friendlier Bread
Eating bread made with ancient grain varieties could help lower cholesterol and blood glucose, a study has determined. Find out more here.

Food Commercials Change Children's Eating Priorities
Junk food is a significant contributor to the skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Children are exposed to food advertising - including junk food commercials - multiple times a day. Researchers have found that these advertisements directly influence children's food choices and brain activity, and they may be a factor in overeating and the associated health risks. Find out more here

Active Living

CA4Health 2016 Walk to School Day Photo Feature Contest 
Walk to School Day was Wednesday, October 5th and CA4Health would like to feature your community's participation & celebrations in their next newsletter. Submissions are open to organizations & individuals throughout California. To enter email your photos to by Friday, October 21st, 2016.

Get Your Community in Step with a 2016 Micro Grant!
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability. Applications are due November 18, 2016. Funded projects will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities, work to develop the walking movement by growing the number and diversity of people and organizations pushing for more walkability, and they should make walking safe, easy, and enjoyable for all community members. Click here to learn more about the grant program.

PeopleForBikes #BikesCanSolveThat
From screen-obsessed kids to election burnout to being lonely, there's almost no obstacle that a bike can't help you overcome. PeopleForBikes has a new campaign called #bikescansolvethat that will help you discover how to ride your problems away. Click here for more information.

Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments

State-Specific Prevalence of Cigarette Use Among Adults
CDC analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assess state-specific prevalence estimates of current use of cigarettes and/or smokeless tobacco among U.S. adults. Current cigarette smoking ranged from 9.7% (Utah) to 26.7% (West Virginia); and current use of any cigarette and/or smokeless tobacco product ranged from 11.3% (Utah) to 32.2% (West Virginia).

California Indian Tobacco Education Funding Opportunity
The California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc. (CRIHB) and California Indian Tobacco Education (CITE) program are excited to announce their 2016-2017 funding opportunity. Projects address commercial tobacco use through policy, systems, and environmental change to promote the good health and wellness in tribal communities throughout California. Read the Request for Proposal for more information and how to apply.

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