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
Growing partners in the new year
REACH is excited to continue working with our strong Tribal community partners this year and happy to announce that we have been working to build new partnerships with agencies like the University of Nevada Reno and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension office. 

The University of Nevada Reno will be partnering with REACH and our Eastern Sierra growers to increase knowledge of year-round food production in high tunnel hoop houses in high desert environments. This new partnership hopes to foster education and collaboration with UNR now and into the future and that our food production increases in the area as a result!! 

REACH is also excited to be partnering with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension office with collaboration on food preservation and master gardener classes in each of our Native American communities throughout the coming two years. We hope that this partnership helps foster increased knowledge in our communities and inspires healthy eating along the entire food system from growing to preserving to eating locally grown foods!
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
PICH funding for Year 3 is confirmed!
We're doing a happy dance, and we invite you to join us!  Although no line item funding was provided for PICH in the appropriation to fund the third and final year of these programs, t he GOOD NEWS is the third and final year of these programs will be funded! CDC is supporting the third and final year of the PICH grant with resources from other areas of the Center's budget. Woohoo! However, at the national CDC level the PICH program will be funded at the $60 million level, which is $20 million below the amount needed to fully fund year 3 of the programs. All of us here at the Community Wellness Program  are delighted to be able to complete the projects we have started with one more year, and will continue to work towards making our communities healthier!
Check out the NEW Live From Legendary Skies Podcasts! 

Community Wellness is partnering with the new, Native-owned company Legendary Skies Enterprises to produce  Live From Legendary Skies , a radio show/podcast that links to our healthy community work. 

Based out of Payahuunadu/Owens Valley, California, the homelands of the Paiute and Shoshone People, 
Live From Legendary Skies covers topics relevant to all of Indian Country and anyone interested in sustainable living, protecting the planet and creating a healthy future for you and your community.  Hosted by Bishop Paiute tribal member Kris Hohag,  Live From Legendary Skies  features interviews, music, and information to help you stay informed, inspired, and entertained while cultivating healthy change from the grassroots up. 

Check out the first episodes on food sovereignty and water access, with new episodes coming monthly at www.legendaryskiesenterprises.com/radioshow and stay tuned in 
Bishop and Big Pine for the show  airing on the tribal radio stations. Enjoy! 

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.
Deanna stands next to some of the fitness center equipment installed. See Community Calendar below for how to sign up for the Open Gym session!
Deanna Campbell is leading a three year PICH project to design and install a physical fitness center at the Bishop Campus of the Cerro Coso Community College.
Where do you work or volunteer?
I am the Director at the Eastern Sierra College Center Cerro Coso Community College, and Board Member of Mammoth Unified School District.
What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
My favorite healthy Snack is celery sticks & hummus and my favorite physical activity is trail running, climbing & skiing.
What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
I think we already have a very healthy community, but there are many opportunities for us to support more bike riding and walking in town for commuting, encourage healthy breaks such as stretching or walking during work hours, and healthy eating for lunch, breaks and meetings at work. My dream is that these practices become habits for the entire community.
If you have a community champion suggestion for us to spotlight send us an email!
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar

Open Gym Session Course - Cerro Coso Community College
Wednesday, 6-9pm begins January 20 - May 11. Cost $10.00. May join at any time. This course is for participants to practice and maintain fitness including: cardio, strength, and stretching. More details here and how to sign up here.

Walking Water - An Evening of Story and Image - Friday February 5
Walking Water is walking from Mono Lake to Los Angeles over three years. This evening is an opportunity to share some of the story and to introduce all to the next phase from Owens Lake to the Cascades beginning in September. Inyo Council for the Arts, 6:30pm - 8pm.  
Youth and E-Cigarettes Workshop - Wednesday February 10 at 2:30pm
The prevalence of e-cigarette use by youth has risen dramatically over the last 3 years.  E-cigarettes are currently unregulated so usual tobacco rules do not apply to them.   This workshop will focus on the marketing of e-cigarettes to youth, how to identify them, and what the community can do to combat experimentation and use of e-cigarettes by youth. Contact  Serena to learn more!

Inyo County Search and Rescue Winter Race Series - 
Saturday February 13th 9 am at Millpond Recreation Area, Bishop
Join in this fun run and support Inyo County SAR, a volunteer run organization helping people injured in the wilderness and backcountry. This is the second run in the series and is a family and dog friendly event. Registration is $10, the day of the race. 

The Dream.US Scholarship Program Deadline February 15th, 2016:  This scholarship is available to high school seniors or high school graduates with demonstrated financial need who are first time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate's or bachelor's degree at one of our Partner Colleges. Find out more by visiting their website.
Water Fountain and Basketball Grand Opening - Big Pine February 16 at 2pm
The Big Pine Paiute Tribe installed a drinking water fountain, basketball hoop, tetherball, pullup bars and parking lot lights through the PICH grant. On Tuesday, February 16th at 2:00PM there will be a grand opening for use of the equipment. Be ready for some fun in the sun! The kids are out of school that week so send them over to try out the equipment and play some games.

IHS Scholarship Program Deadline March 28th, 2016
The IHS Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for health
profession students seeking scholarship support for the 2016-17 academic
year. For more information visit their website.

Send us an email if you are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it listed here! 
It's never too early to think about how you are going to sustain the work that you and your peers are accomplishing!  See below for links to a reference packet from CDC with tools for how to plan for sustainability. 
Sustainability Document 1
Healthy Eating
  • Philadelphia makes healthy lifestyles easier through better city planning: Read this article highlighting yet another U.S. city that is making changes that promote healthy choices being the easy choice. Through city planning efforts and outreach to community businesses, Philadelphia leaders are changing the way the city approaches disease prevention! 
  • This study shows that we are finally eating more vegetables! This light article is a great quick read on the shift in the American diet that is making vegetables the main dish not only in restaurants but at home and school as well. 
Active Living

We all work diligently to promote messages of active living and to increase access to physical activity opportunities, but it is also important to consider other stressors that could be causing poor health. This article highlights how the sheer stress of an environment, like living in a poor neighborhood, can contribute to  obesity and diabetes. As well as the environment, p erceived discrimination contributes to poorer mental and physical health among ethnic minorities. I mproving human health may depend on e liminating discrimination and alleviating inequality in addition to individual behavior change to eat healthy and be more active. 
Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments
Youth and E-Cigarettes Workshop - Wednesday February 10 at 2:30pm
The prevalence of e-cigarette use by youth has risen dramatically over the last 3 years.  E-cigarettes are currently unregulated so usual tobacco rules do not apply to them.   This workshop will focus on the marketing of e-cigarettes to youth, how to identify them, and what the community can do to combat experimentation and use of e-cigarettes by youth. Contact  Serena to learn more!

E-cigarette Ads and Youth - Vital Signs
The CDC Vital Signs series addresses a single, important public health topic each month. January's edition presents the latest findings on youth and their exposure to e-cigarette advertising. It also highlight strategies to prevent youth exposure to e-cigarette advertising and youth e-cigarette use. You'll learn about how a pproximately 18.3 million US middle school and high school students were exposed to at least one source of e-cigarette advertising in 2014 and more!


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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.