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       Healthy People
May 2015

You are receiving this email from the Community Wellness Program, a division of Toiyabe Indian Health Project department of Preventive Medicine. This newsletter will facilitate monthly community wellness updates in the areas of healthy eating, active living and smoke free environments. The mission of the Community Wellness Program is to reduce chronic disease through prevention and community engagement and you have been identified as a partner in this effort. 

We hope that you find this newsletter useful, informative and engaging. Please forward this to any other parties that you think may benefit from the content. Thank you, Rick, Kate, Serena and Katie!!

Local Program Updates 
REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
The REACH program is excited to announce a partnerships for community gardens and farmer's markets with these tribal communities:
  • Bridgeport Indian Colony: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Program
  • Bishop Indian Head Start: Farm to School Garden expansion project
  • Bishop Paiute Tribe: Tribal Food Sovereignty Program
  • Owens Valley Community Development Corp: Bishop Paiute Tribal Agricultural Program
  • Big Pine Paiute Tribe: Sustainable Food System Project
  • Fort Independence Paiute Tribe: Fort Independence Tribal Community Garden
  • Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation: Community Garden expansion 
  • Timbisha Shoshone Tribe: Timbisha Indian Community Garden
We are looking forward to working with these partners and making our communities a healthy place through local food access!
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
Community Wellness Program staff were recently spotted at the Bishop Paiute Tribe's World Water Day event on March 22, 2015 at the Bishop Paiute Tribe Cultural Center. 

Event participants could spin the Rethink Your Drink Wheel, and win a water bottle after answering a sugary beverage question. Let's test your skills! What are the first two ingredients in "Vitamin-Added Water"?
Answer: Water and Sugar
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar
May 1: ESLT Garden Fest, 250 N. Fowler, Bishop
3pm-6pm Fun annual event to celebrate the planting season and welcome spring. Local nurseries and community organizations will sell their produce and plants and share gardening tips, and attendees will have the opportunity to trade seeds in our seed swap. For more information, contact Sara Kokkelenberg at 760-873-4554

May 2: Alabama Hills Wild West Marathon
3 mile fun run, 10 mile, and 50K. Contact Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce @ 760-876-4444

May 2: Jamboree Health Fair, Fairgrounds, Bishop, 

May 6: Bike to School Day

May 9: Audubon Bird Walk at COSA
Walks held second Saturday of each month. Meet at 8:30am at BLM/Forest Service Building on Pacu Ln., Bishop. Bird walks held on Tribal lands in conjunction with the Bishop Paiute Tribe. All welcome - for birders of all levels!

May: Bike to Work Week

May 16: Antelope Valley Community Garden Kick-off
Join the Antelope Valley Community Garden in Coleville from 12:00-3:00 pm to register for a few of their remaining beds, meet community members interested in gardening or participate in a gardening workshop. For more information or to RSVP contact Christina Caro at 760-924-1740

May 22-25: Tattsawano Traditional Gathering
Native Crafts & Food booths, Hand Games & More. Everyone is welcome to this alcohol and drug free, family-friendly event. Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone Indian Cultural Center, 2300 West Line Street, Bishop. For more information, call 760-873-3584

May 30: 50 Year Bernasconi Ranch Outdoor School Celebration
Inyo County Supt of Schools is sponsoring a fun outdoor activities day including nature hikes, photography lessons, bird walks (tweet-tweet), and watercolor painting. Live music, games, kids contests, free cookout, and other activities are planned. 10am-3pm. For more information, contact Hillary Behr at 760-873-3262 ext 431.

June 5: Mono County Health Fair, Walker County Park, 10:30am-3pm

Are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it here? Email communitywellness@toiyabe.us
Healthy Eating
Best practices, resources and healthy food tips for you and your community.
  • 5 Reasons to incorporate local foods into your office and home
    1. It supports local growers and the local economy
    2. You can rest assure that you know where your food is coming from and what has gone into making it!
    3. It keeps the air you breathe and the water you drink cleaner since trucks aren't driving your food or planes are flying your food to a neighborhood grocery store.
    4. You might meet a really wonderful local farmer and build a stronger community connection
    5. Fresh food tastes better than stored food and local food means fresher food!!
Active Living
Bike to School Day is May 6
Hosting a bike to school day event is a great way to generate excitement about bicycling and reinforce safe bicycling skills. For a step-by-step guidance for planning a great Bike to School Day event, click on the link below. 

Toiyabe Bike Rodeo 2014
B ike to Work Week is May 11-15
Is your organization or business encouraging employees to participate in Bike to Work Week? Here is a great resource on how to host a bike to work event. Here is a great resource on tips and tricks to get ready for the big week.

Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments
Kids Are Not Alright
Kids Are Not Alright

E-cigs have been called the next generation cigarette - but who wants cigarettes around for another generation? The California Department of Public Health recently launched a campaign to counter e-cigarettes.Watch this powerful short film about the use of candy flavored e-juices to target kids.  


The National Youth Tobacco Survey found that e-cigarette use among high school students tripled between 2011 and 2013, increasing from 1.5 percent to 4.5 percent. Click here to read the entire CDPH Health Advisory on Electronic Cigarettes and the State Health Officers Report on E-Cigarettes. Have you seen middle school or high school students in our communities using e-cigarettes?



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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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