January 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, Rick, Kate, Serena and Katie

Local Program Updates 
REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
REACH receives guarantee of third year of funding from Congress and CDC!
Big news came to the Community Wellness Program on Friday, December 18th, when it was announced that both Congress and the President signed the omnibus budget package, approving funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) for the 2016-2017 year.  This means that our community work will continue through September 30, 2017!

We encourage all of our partners to spread the word about what prevention dollars are doing in their communities to any and all that you have an opportunity to tell! It's important that all of our citizens, political, and community leaders recognize the importance of supporting federal prevention dollars being allocated to our nations communities!! Three cheers for Washington D.C.!! 

Community Engagement & Education: Conversations Around Healthy Living
The past month has been one filled with an abundance of community engagement and opportunities to talk about ways and reasons to create a healthy lifestyle for ourselves! Community Wellness had a great time working in the community and wanted to highlight some of the groups we had the chance to talk to!

Discussing prices for healthy, simply snacks
TANF Family Formation: Active living, healthy eating and  commercial -tobacco free living:  We had the fortune to talk with about 25 community members about honoring tobacco with traditional practice, what are e-cigarettes and why we should avoid them, ways to incorporate physical activity into everyday and simple recipes to help you and your family make healthy eating easier and more affordable! It was a great morning filled with demonstrations, sharing and education


Doing "V" sits at the ed center! 

 Bishop Indian Education Center: The Family      that eats well and is active together supports  everyone in making healthy choices the easy  choice! We had a blast with the ed center  families and youth making homemade yogurt  parfaits, building trail mix at our trail mix bar  and learning fun ways to have activity challenges  in your living room!! The kids were great, and  had a fun time learning about health!

PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
It is very exciting to announce the second year of funded projects under the PICH award. We've shared with you what we accomplished in Year 1; read on to find out what our partners are going to accomplish in Year 2!

Bishop Elementary School Garden
To support healthy nutrition in the school environment, we will continue to fund the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools garden program to grow and continue. Reaching all five schools in the Owens Valley (Round Valley, Bishop, Owens Valley, Big Pine, and Lo-Inyo Elementary schools), the program will offer a fall and spring curriculum focused on garden science and nutrition.

Big Pine Wellness Center outdoor fit station
To support increased access to physical activity, PICH funding will support three physical fitness facilities. The Big Pine Wellness Center plans to install outdoor exercise equipment for everyday active use, add additional classes like Women's Fitness and Stability and Balance, and continue to maintain their bike check-out program. The Bishop Paiute Tribe will employ a part-time employee to develop a sustainable operation plan for their future wellness center. Cerro Coso Community College will offer a fitness facility with cardio and stretching rooms to support their kinesiology program, and offer a community education open gym to students, faculty and the public at the Bishop Campus.

Bishop Indian Head Start Fun Fitness Park
To support increased access to physical activity outside, PICH funding will support walking and biking paths and outdoor play areas. The Bridgeport Indian Colony will build a walking and biking trail, and will offer a mountain bike check-out program. The Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation will be renovating their ball field, installing irrigation, reseeding, fencing and putting in bleachers and outdoor water stations, as part of their larger Community Center design. The Bishop Indian Head Start will continue to enhance their Fun Fitness Park and install tobacco- and alcohol-free signs, outdoor children's fitness equipment, and outdoor water bottle stations.  They will celebrate with a grand opening event. Last but not least, the Bishop Paiute Tribe will also continue with efforts to expand and enhance their COSA path.
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.

Susie Cisneros, Director of Bishop Indian Head Start

Where do you work or volunteer?
Bishop Indian Head Start and I volunteer whenever I can for the Bishop Tribal community programs and departments. Most of my volunteer time, when I'm not on the clock, is spent with the Bishop Indian Head Start children, families, and staff.

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
My favorite snack is a Granny Smith Apple or a Red Delicious Apple and my favorite physical activity used to be playing basketball. I enjoy playing with the children in our new Extended Outdoor Classroom! Thank you PICH and REACH!  

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
My dream for a health community is to eliminate depression and hunger for all ages. I pray that people can find inner strength and joy in planting seeds with children and observing the joy and wonder on their face as they watch the live plants grow into nourishment for their families. I would like for more agencies to create outreach opportunities with other community programs for families in an effort to find a shared vision that creates an enriched and healthy community. I would like to see all programs have a garden that produces food to share with their visitors. I would like people to be able to take time out from their work day to enjoy outside activities. So come to Bishop Indian Head Start and play with the children! I promise you will love it! 

If you have a community champion suggestion for us to spotlight send us an email!
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar

Open Sesame: The Story Of Seeds - Wednesday, January 13th at 5 pm
Join the Bishop Paiute Tribes Food Sovereignty Program for an evening celebrating seeds! This event will be held at the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center and is free to all. The evening will include a brief discussion on the importance of seeds, a delicious dinner, and a showing of the movie Open Sesame!! For more information on the movie visit  http://www.opensesamemovie.com/ 

Winter Wellness Youth Camp - January 15-18
Area youth ages 10-18 are invited to join for workshops, fun activities, raffles and more! Digital Storytelling. Lip Sync Battle. Dance w/ DJ Sage Smoke. Camp is held at the Sierra Adventure Center in Big Pine. Applications are available at the Big Pine Office. For more information contact Lorena Levine at (760) 938-2003. 

Pig Harvesting Demonstration -- Saturday, January 16th from 9-3pm
If you are considering owning your own livestock or if you would like to learn a "survival" skill, be sure to attend this demonstration hosted by OVCDC and Toiyabe.  The event will be held at the Bishop Community Garden behind the Bishop Elders Building at 350 North Barlow. Contact OVCDC for more information at 760-873-5107.

Team Inyo For Healthy Kids - Tuesday, January 19 at 12:15pm
Inyo County childhood obesity coalition meeting, City of Bishop Conference Room, contact April Eagan for more information at 760-872-0900 or email.

Mono County Nutrition & Physical Activity Taskforce - Tuesday, January 26
10:30am-12:00pm in the Town/County Conference Room in Mammoth Lakes. Contact Sandra Pearce for more information at 760-924-1818 or  email
Dialogue4Health: Community Prevention And   Multi-Sector Stakeholder Web Forum Series -- Wednesday, January 27 12 pm PST 
Anchor Organizations like health clinics and educational institutes can play a vital role in changing the overall health of a community. Join the Public Health Institute as it highlights how 4 anchor organizations are  working outside their own walls to make lasting contributions to the health and well-being of the regions they serve. More information and registration can be found here
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!

Send us an email if you are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it listed here! 
Funding Opportunities
California Indian Tobacco Education (CITE) mini-grants
These CITE grants may be used for California tribes to implement and evaluate projects that propose a combination of effective, community chosen, and culturally adapted policies, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes to address commercial tobacco.  The grants will accomplish this by educating Tribal members and leaders about the burden of commercial tobacco abuse on members and the economy, reducing secondhand smoke exposure through commercial tobacco policy implementation, reducing exposure to commercial tobacco advertising, and/or increasing utilization of the California Smokers Helpline.  CRIHB will be awarding 5 grants up to $8,000 each.  The application deadline is January 21, 2016.  If you have questions, please contact Chris Cooper by email  or by phone at 916-929-9761. 
Attachments to apply:

Apply Now for Native Agriculture & Food System Project Grants
First Nations Development Institute (
First Nations) is accepting grant proposals under its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) for projects that will be conducted between March 2016 and February 2017.

Through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, First Nations plans to distribute up to 10 grant awards averaging $30,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. Desired projects will noticeably improve a tribe and/or tribal community's effort to increase access to healthy and fresh foods for vulnerable children, families and communities. Additionally, desired projects will help increase awareness of and involvement with where their food comes from, and expand knowledge of the linkages between foods, Native cultures and/or contribute to tribal economic growth and development of entrepreneurially-related food ventures.

All applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Monday, January 25, 2016.  All applicants must fully complete the First Nations Online Grant Application, including the submission of all necessary attachments. 
Healthy Eating
Best practices, resources, and healthy food tips for you and your community.
  • Go Local: Promoting healthy habits and boosting local  communities: Providence Public School District (PPSD) is the largest school district in Rhode Island, serving 24,000 students.  In the heart of New England, PPSD has had historical ties to locally grown agriculture and food for centuries.  For the past few years, PPSD requires that RI-grown products compose at least 15% of all food purchases annually, helping to economically support the RI food system with local dollars, while promoting the environmental benefits of local land stewardship.
  • There Aren't Enough Specialists To Treat Our Growing Obese Population:  A new report published by the U.S Government found that our country is facing a serious shortage of endocrinology specialists, a serious problem given the rise in obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes. Featured in the article is an interview with Dr. Armand Krikorian, an endocrinologist at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Illinois, who is quoted as saying "a big part of the problem is that the U.S. health care system rewards procedural approaches over preventative medicine. In practice, this means doctors end up treating obese patients more often than helping patients avoid gaining weight in the first place." Read the full article here.
  • How Have Food Ads Switched Targets? As regulators crack down on the amount of advertising that can be directed toward children, parents are becoming the new target-nearly half of the television commercials in a recent study pitched non-nutritious children's foods and drinks directly to parents with messages evoking the parent-child bond. A new study released in the Pediatrics says that more research needs to be focused on this trend and how these shifts in advertisement may effect children's nutritional habits. Read the full article here.
Active Living
The California Tribal Epidemiology Center has just released the California Tribal Behavioral Risk Factor Community Survey Summary Report . This is the largest sampling of AI/AN (American Indian / Alaska Native) adults in California for a health survey. The summary is full of data that may help you in grant writing and program planning. It includes data on commercial and traditional tobacco use as well as physical activity and healthy eating. 

Healthy People 2020 Target for physical activity met in 2014!
In 2008, the Federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans were released, and the Healthy People 2020  physical activity objectives developed in 2010 reflected these guidelines. From 2008 to 2014, the rate for adults 18 years and over that met guidelines for aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity increased by 17%, from 18.2% to 21.3% (age adjusted), exceeding the Healthy People 2020 target of 20.1%. Yahoo! 
Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments
Anti-Tobacco Video Contest - Call for Submissions 
Contest Breathe California is hosting its second annual anti-tobacco PSA contest.  The contest is open to 6th - 12th grade students in California and the winners are selected by Breathe California's own Youth Advisory Board. 
1. Visit their webpage and download the complete list of rules and guidelines 
2. Film a PSA no less than 30 seconds and no longer than 5 minutes with an anti-tobacco/nicotine message 
3. Email your video to fpimentel@sacbreathe.org 
4. Attend the Hackademy Awards to see your video being featured and to learn if you won! 
CONTEST STARTS: October 5, 2015 
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday January 29, 2016 @ 5PM 
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: February 27, 2016 
Above is Toiyabe Indian Health Project's Family Services Youth Group video from last year, which won 3rd place in the Comedy category! 


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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.