December 2015

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, Rick, Kate, Serena and Katie

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Congratulations to our survey winners!  Shannon Michel won the a $25 gift certificate to Apple Hill Farm and Brian Adkins the $15 gift certificate to Manor Market. Thank you all for your good work!

Local Program Updates 
REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
REACH Partner Collaboration Workshop Highlights
On November 10th, 2015, 7 project REACH project partners convened at the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center to discuss their food systems projects and collaborate on ways that these projects can support one another. During the workshop members discussed developing sustainability plans, sharing resources, and educational workshops to gather larger community support and spread the learning and knowledge between Tribal communities! The workshop was a great success with ideas around collaborating on mobile markets, permaculture design courses, and shared community education events being discussed. It was wonderful to witness the development of partnership foundations, all focused on ensuring that food systems projects in the Eastern Sierra flourish well into the future! 
REACH partners hard at work
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
1K runners receive medallions
November was a month of changing seasons from beautiful fall colors to crisp winter weather. Saturday, November 7 marked the 34th annual Toiyabe Road Run event at Millpond Recreation Area. It was a beautiful morning for a run as 101 runners and 30 volunteers came out for the event. Recognizing the importance of promoting active living, Toiyabe hosts this run to encourage their patients and the community to lead healthy lifestyles.
Community Champion Spotlight
Each month we will spotlight a Community Champion that is working to make our community healthier and stronger one project at a time. 
Brian Poncho (pictured center) helped organize and host the first Walk to School Day event on the Bishop Paiute Reservation. 

Where do you work or volunteer? 

Brian: I am a Youth Activities Specialist for the Bishop Indian Education center

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity? 

Brian: Take walks with my family, play softball, and dance at powwows.

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like? 

Brian: A variety of events that promote different physical activities for families to remain active throughout the year and connect with other members in the community.

If you have a community champion suggestion for us to spotlight email us at!
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar
Inyo County SNAP-Ed Program Nutrition and Physical Activity Classes 
Tuesday, Dec. 8 from  5:30-6:30pm at the  Bishop Senior Center
Tuesday, Dec. 15 from  5:30-6:30  at the  Lo Inyo School, Lone Pine  Kindergarten classroom
Bring your workout shoes and comfortable clothes!  Free recipe tasting included.  Offered in Spanish for adults and kids, but English speakers also welcome!
April Eagan for more information at 760-872-0900 or

Team Inyo For Healthy Kids - Tuesday, December 8 at 12:15pm
Childhood obesity coalition meeting, City of Bishop Conference Room, contact April Eagan for more information at 760-872-0900 or

Bishop Indian Head Start Health Advisory Meeting - Wednesday, December 9th at 11 am 
Help the Bishop Indian Head Start create a healthy environment for our youth. All parents  and c ommunity are welcome!  This months topic:  Childhood obesity  e ffects on long term health and emotional well-being
Contact Susie Cisneros at 760-872-3911 or 
Mono County Nutrition & Physical Activity Taskforce - Tuesday, January 26 at 10:30am
10:30am-12:00pm in the Town/County Conference Room in Mammoth Lakes. Contact Sandra Pearce for more information at 76-924-1818 or

Are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it here? Email
Health in all Policies
Pictured from left are: Dr. Galloway, American Heart Association Chairman, Charlie Vig, Shakopee, Jill Birnbaum AHA Voices for Healthy Kids, Joanna Bryant, Shakopee Chief Medial Officer, Dr. Eduard Sanchez, AHA Secretary Treasurer, Lori Watso Shakopee and Vice Chairman Keith Anderson Shakopee. Photo courtesy Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the American Heart Association
 Call to Action: Major Funders Discuss Health and    Funding in Indian Country
 Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community  and    the  American Heart Association  hosted  representatives from 41 national funding  organizations in Minneapolis to talk about how they  could collaborate to address health disparities and  nutritional deficits among Native Americans. Until  now, only 0.3 percent of philanthropic dollars in the  United States have gone to Indian country, and that  includes funds channeled to organizations working  with tribes, not necessarily to the tribes themselves.  To read the entire article, click here.

Healthy Eating
Best practices, resources and healthy food tips for you and your community.

Reducing the amount we eat proves more important than what we eat with regards to obesity:
A new report released from researchers at Cornell University say that while eating junk food and drinking soda is still not good for you, it's the amount of junk food that Americans are eating that is causing obesity. Read the full article from the Chicago Tribune here.

The United States Ranks number 9 in the top 10 countries with the highest obesity rates. This list from Market Watch 
shows the 10 countries with the highest obesity rates in the world; the U.S. weighs in at No. 9. Many of the others are countries from the Middle East, oil-rich countries with scorching hot temperatures that encourage a more sedentary lifestyle. Read the entire article and play around with great interactive world maps here!!
Top 10 obesity rates
Country Obesity rate (%) Life expectancy (years)
Samoa 43.4 73
Qatar 42.3 79
Kuwait 39.7 78
United Arab Emirates 37.2 77
Fiji 36.4 70
Bahamas 36.2 76
Bahrain 35.1 77
Saudi Arabia 34.7 76
United States 33.7 79
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 33.1 75

Cows milk related to childhood obesity: A new study  published at the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, shows findings that infants and eight months old, who consumed the daily recommendation of cow's milk and formula milk gained more weight and quickly become heavier compared to breastfed babies.  Read the full article here in Food World News here.
Active Living
Just Move It!
Just Move It is a North American campaign to promote physical activity for Indigenous  Peoples.  Their website is designed to help you start an activity in your own community, share information about ongoing programs, contribute stories and enter information in Just Move It's calendar.
We also have their Physical Activity Kit, Staying on the Active Path in Native Communities, a Lifespan Approach books. There are eight in the series and contain a lot of helpful information with great physical activity ideas. If you are ever looking for inspiration, stop by and we can share with you!
Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults - United States, 2005-2014. The report found that smoking among U.S. adults declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 16.8 percent in 2014.  

However, the American Indian Alaskan Native smoking rate of 29.9% in 2014 is higher than the national average (see right). Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups must be a priority.  CDC also just published a new Best Practices user guide: Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control The user guide focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can work to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control. 



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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.