APRIL 2016

You are receiving this email from the Community Wellness Program, a division of Toiyabe Indian Health Project department of Preventive Medicine. This newsletter facilitates monthly community wellness 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 may benefit from the content. Thank you, Kate, Serena and Katie

Local Program Updates 
REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
Food System Strategic Planning: Building strong coalitions and community connections
On March 24th and 25th, the REACH program co-hosted with the Eastern Sierra Tribal Food Coalition a two day food system strategic planning and coalition strengthening workshop.  At the workshop representatives from throughout the Eastern Sierra Tribal communities discussed ways to collaborate and coordinate food hubs, joint education, resource acquisition and streamline our efforts towards regional food security.  The event was facilitated by two national groups, ChangeLab Solutions from Oakland and Community Initiatives out of Iowa. Both facilitators specialize in food systems, policy work and coalition building! It was a great two days with lots of future goals and objectives outlined! 

If you are interested in joining the Eastern Sierra Tribal Food Coalition and helping make our communities healthier through local foods, contact Katie Larsen at katie.larsen@toiyabe.us or via phone at 760-873-8851.

Bishop Indian Head Start: Healthy Food Policy, Education and the Parent Letter
REACH Partner, Bishop Indian Head Start, recently published their healthy food policy, complete with education and tips for healthy eating to parents. This document is a wonderful example of the work that both CDC and Toiyabe are encouraging our partners to undertake, to help form a foundation for change and encouraging our communities to learn about healthy eating. Bravo to Susie Cisneros-Vargas and her entire staff for being a role model of healthy policy and education!! Read the complete document  here
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
Inspired by the interpretive sign water stations at Grand Canyon National Park, the Bishop Paiute Tribe Environmental Management Office in partnership with the Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center designed and installed an outdoor water bottle filling station in front of the Cultural Center. On Sunday, March 20, at the World Water Day event, the fountain had its grand opening. Families and community members at the event could fill up their water bottles and get a drink!  Toiyabe Community Wellness also partnered with Inyo County Prevention to have a Rethink Your Drink table at the event, promoting healthy drink options - like water!

The interpretive signs at the water station highlight the importance of water and its significance in Paiute and Shoshone culture. In the Shoshone language, water is pah, and water jug is osa (picture on left) and in Paiute, water is paya and water jug is paya'osa (picture on right). Next time you are in Bishop, stop by the Cultural Center and fill up your water bottle!

Community Interview 
Make a Difference in Your Community - Participate Today!
Our Community Wellness Program in partnership with Public Health Institute will be soliciting feedback on community satisfaction with current Toiyabe services through telephone interviews. The information will help us understand the current health status, health behaviors, and needs of the people we serve. Click here to download the flyer for more detail! 
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.
Tara Frank
Tara Frank, working with Head Start classes -  winnowing pine nuts.
Where do you work or volunteer?
I am the Coordinator for the Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, Bishop Paiute Tribe. And I always try to volunteer and give back when I can, where I can.
What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
Some of my favorite grab and go snacks are lil halo tangerines, strawberries, pistachios, and almonds. I also like to walk regularly.
What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
I believe to be a healthy community - it starts with self and family. To have a good heart, healthy body, spiritual balance, strong mind, and whatever else each entails, are the core values and measures needed and something we all must strive for in order to be productive and be able to contribute to the entire community. Overall, we each need to take time to enjoy life, be active, and to offer that helping hand and give back. I always refer to this quote; it helps me see and understand the bigger picture for our community:
"The happiest people I've ever met, regardless of their profession, their social standing, or their economic status, are people that are fully engaged in the world around them. The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves. They are people who care about others, who will extend a helping hand to someone in need or will speak up about an injustice when they see it." - Wilma Mankiller
If you have a community champion suggestion for us to spotlight send us an email!
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar

Mammoth Creek Park and Playground Workshop - April 5 @ 12pm
The Recreation Commission in Mammoth will be hosting a workshop to learn more about accessible playgrounds and to participate in an interactive workshop with representatives from leading playground manufacturers. 

Lone Pine Earth Day - April 16 @ 9am - 1pm
Fourth Annual Lone Pine Tribal Earth Day Celebration - "The Face of Climate Change." Activities include a road clean-up, community outreach fair, and lunch! Click here to see the flyer and for more information.

Community Food Preservation Classes - Benton April 22 @ 5pm-8pm
Presented by the UCCE Master Food Preservers. Free to attend and open to the public. Workshops will teach you techniques that make delicious, storable foods that will keep you healthy throughout the year. Learn to make jerky, jams, freeze fruits and vegetables and much more.   Click here for more detail and dates.

Big  Pine Earth Day - April 23 @ 10am-2pm
Take action and be part of a global movement! Everyone is invited to join and partake in the festivities. Activities include roadside cleanup, information booths and fun for all ages. 

May is Bike to Work and School!
Bike to School Day is May 4 and Bike to Work Day is May 20. Save the date and stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved locally. Are you hosting an event and would like us to include it here? Let us know!

Nasü wünü-ti Health Fair - May 14 @ 9am - 1pm
Toiyabe Indian Health Project will be hosting a Health Fair to promote living a healthy lifestyle on Saturday, May 14. Activities include special giveaways, free health screenings including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI, smoothie making with a bike blender, health insurance enrollment, and much more. 

Coleville Walker Health Fair - May 20 @ 10:30am - 2:30pm
Walker Community Center. Fair includes  lunch, r affle prizes, g lucose testing and dental screenings, f ree custom-fitted bike helmets, b ike rodeo for kids, and lots of information on services and fun activities! 

Mammoth Health and Safety Fair - May 21 @ 10am - 1pm
Shady Rest Park, Mammoth Lakes. Fair includes FREE Oral Health Checks and fluoride varnish (DDS Bishop), immunization information, free bike helmets, car-seat checks, hearing and vision checks, ID fingerprinting, and more!

Send us an email if you are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it listed here! 
Healthy Eating
Decline of Pollinator Species Threatens World Food Supply
The first global assessment of the threats to creatures that pollinate the world's plants was released by a group affiliated with the United Nations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. P ollinators, including some 20,000 species of wild bees, contribute to the growth of fruit, vegetables and many nuts, as well as flowering plants. Plants that depend on pollination make up 35 percent of global crop production volume with a value of as much as $577 billion a year. Read the full article here  and think about ways that locally and regionally we can support our pollinators     through environmentally friendly practices!!

What if healthy food was less expensive?
Reducing prices of fruit and vegetables while raising prices for sodas and other sugary drinks could save millions of lives, according to a study released by the American Heart Association's epidemiology and lifestyle meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Read the full article here.

Can emoji's help children learn to eat healthier?? In a recent study published in the journal Appetite, researchers found that children were more likely to make healthy food choices when shelves were labeled with "emolabels," almost identical to the ones found on our smartphones. Read the full article in the Washington Post here.
Active Living
Survey on Walking and Biking in Your Community
Caltrans is in the process of making a statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan. The California State Bicycle  and Pedestrian Plan (CSBPP) will be a visionary and comprehensive policy plan to promote a multimodal  transportation system that supports active modes of transportation and creates a framework to  increase safe bicycling and walking. They are requesting you input on walking and biking in your community. Click here to take the survey!


Sport for All, Play For Life

Sport for All, Play for Life is a playbook to get every kid in the gameTo ensure that all kids have the chance to grow up fit and strong, the report highlights that we must find new ways to help young people enjoy being active every day - no matter where they live or how much money their families make. This report offers an ambitious plan to reimagine organized youth sports, prioritizing health and inclusion, while recognizing the benefits of unstructured play.

Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments

Going Smokefree Matters - Casinos
Every worker deserves to breathe smokefree air. Casino, bar, and restaurant workers are more exposed to toxic secondhand smoke in their jobsite compared to other segments of the U.S. workforce. Click here to download the infographic and learn more!

Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) in northern Minnesota recently took the bold step of making its entire campus commercial tobacco-free The two-year process was completed in August 2014 with the adoption of a campus-wide, commercial tobacco-free policy. Now, the only tobacco not prohibited on the school grounds is asemaa, tobacco used for ceremonial purposes. 

Partnerships and Collaborating
What makes effective and productive work groups?

Recently the New York Times Magazine published a wonderful article on the power of effect work teams.  The article centers around a research team at Google that set out to find an answer to why some of their working teams had incredible success in producing great projects and others failed. 

Given that all of our Community Wellness work centers on building strong partnerships and collaborating with a variety of groups i.e all of you, we thought that all of us would enjoy learning what the Google research team discovered !!

The research found that these 3 specific things created productive and engaged work groups.

1. To be successful each member of the team has to have equal talking time. It doesn't matter if the talking time is equitable in a specific meeting but rather that over the course of the group project, all members are given the time and space to speak an equal length as their peers.

2. Social Sensitivity is critical! Teams made up of people that recognized social and body language queues were highly successful. Groups that recognized when a team member felt left out or put down and adjusted to include that person, created strong successful projects.

3. How does your team "feel"? Emotional connectedness was crucial for success. When team members recognize personal connection to other members they are more likely to encourage and energize meeting spaces. Enthusiasm for everyone's ideas is key to creating emotional connection and a safe place to collaborate and recognizing that work doesn't have to just be labor!!

While it's a long article, the content is so fascinating and we would encourage you to read it in it's entirety. See it all here!!


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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.