July 2016

You are receiving this email from the Community Wellness Program, a division of Toiyabe Indian Health Project. The Community Wellness Program is supported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grants Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). 

This newsletter facilitates monthly 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 
Let's Get Moving - With a Bike Share?
Invitation to Participate in a Bike Share Survey
We are exploring a bike share program for the Bishop area.  What interest do you and your fellow community members have around a bike share program? 
Take our anonymous survey to share your thoughts with us! 

Please spread this survey far and wide to reach as many people as possible; the survey will be open until July 15th. Results will guide us in deciding if we move forward and how large of a program we create. 
We welcome any additional feedback that you might have, and also welcome any partners interested in helping to guide this project or contribute to the planning. Email Katie with any feedback or interest in participating. 
School Gardens Grow Healthy Habits

 Inyo County Schools
K and 1st graders at Inyo County Schools participated in a 10 week garden class this spring. Students grew peas, radishes, and lettuce for a salad. They learned about seeds, parts of a plant, decomposers, composting, what soil is made of, and flower pollination.  The class ended with a harvest and celebration, eating the vegetables they grew!
Bishop Indian Head Start
Spring time brought the students outside into the garden with planting days at the Bishop Indian Head Start's Outdoor Classroom. Efforts included continuing to expand their food production with more fruit trees and garden beds.

Lee Vining Elementary
The last three weeks of May brought record numbers of Lee Vining students to the Lee Vining School and Community Garden.  Seventy-six students from Pre-school, Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th Grades, plus a few high school students,  teachers, teacher's aides, parents and volunteers assisted with garden activities. Students helped with digging, planting, transplanting, weeding, exploring the compost and mulching bucket brigades. 

Coming Fall 2016 - Mono County Schools
In the upcoming school year, Mono County elementary schools in Bridgeport, Coleville, and Lee Vining will have an indoor vertical garden, allowing students to have year round experiences with gardening, indoors!
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.

Neva Baker
Neva, with support from CWP and coworkers, built a community garden at our Coleville Clinic to grow fresh vegetables and fruit for patients and staff.
Where do you work or volunteer?
I work at Toiyabe Indian Health Project and my title is Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator. I have a small home business with a friend and we make organic salt and sugar scrubs along with homemade organic shea butter lotion with hopes of branching out into chapsticks and hair conditioner.

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
My favorite healthy snack is apples, blueberries and trail mix. I love to be out in my garden and in my front yard working in my flowers. I also enjoy working with our horses, cleaning and grooming them.

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
My dream of a healthy community is that everyone would have the opportunity to have fresh vegetables and fruit anytime they wanted without worry of how much it costs. So much is taken for granted in this day and age and that includes healthy eating habits. And if I can be a small part in that change , it has been known that a healthy body promotes a healthy mind and better choices! So I hope that the more my community will know they have healthy options in a safe environment and for free, they will be more obliged to help they're neighbor in hopes of bringing together past traditions with new traditions so we will not lose a heritage that is danger of extinction.

If you have a Community Champion suggestion for us to spotlight send us an email!
Team Inyo Website 
New Website Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle for Kids
Team Inyo for Healthy Kids has launched www.teaminyo.com, a website devoted to promoting healthy eating and active living for Inyo County families and community. The new website will provide informational articles on healthy lifestyles and a calendar of local events that offer positive experiences for children and families.  Visit the Team Inyo website and enter your email to start receiving the monthly email newsletter!

Project Funding Request
Funding Opportunity for Partner Projects 
Our second year of grant funding for the PICH and REACH grants ends September 2016 and we have limited funds available for projects due to cost savings during the year. If you have a project proposal that complements one of our objectives, we invite you to submit a request! 
Projects must support activities that increase access to healthy foods and physical activity in our Tribal communities. Activities can be communication or project based. For example, with a communication activity, you could spread a healthy message through social media or banners, produce a radio PSA, or create a film with your healthy message.  Email or call 760-873-8851 if you have any questions.
Community Interview 
Make a Difference in Your Community - Participate Today!
Toiyabe Indian Health Project is conducting community interviews to better understand the current health status, health behaviors, and needs of the people we serve. By participating in these interviews, you the community member are helping to add to the body of knowledge around the general health in our Native Communities.  Call or text 760-920-6610 to take or schedule your interview today. 
Healthy People Radio Show
Our Radio Show Is on KBPT and iTunes!
Inspired by collaboration with 97.7 KOGI in Big Pine just over a year ago, our Healthy People Radio Show has continued to evolve and grow. We are excited to share that we are also airing the show on 96.1 KBPT in Bishop on Sunday's at 10am. And now, you can download the show from iTunes to listen on your phone, or stream the show straight from our website! 
Hosted by Kris Hohag and Serena Johnson, each episode features interviews with community members and conversations on healthy eating and active living, to inspire the listener with positive suggestions for change. We hope you'll subscribe , listen, and leave us a review! We look forward to hearing what you think. Thanks for listening and have a healthy day!
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar
Quit Smoking Workshop - 3rd Tuesday from 5:30pm - 8:30pm on July 19
Please share with clients and the community. Quilt Smoking Workshop presented by Toiyabe Indian Health Project. Third Tuesday each month, drop-ins are welcome. Supportive facilitators will help community members interested in quitting smoking to make the first step. More information on the  flyer.
Community Food Preservation Class - July 23 @ 12pm, Coleville Camp Antelope Clinic
Presented by the UCANR Master Food Preservers. Free to attend and open to the public. Workshops will teach you techniques that make delicious, store-able foods to keep you eating local throughout the year. Learn to make jerky, jams, freeze fruits and vegetables and much more.  Click here for more detail and dates.
COSA Walk and Healthy Lunch - Wednesday July 27 @ 12pm
Come learn about the Bishop Paiute Tribe's Conservation Open Space Area (COSA), get some exercise, and join for a healthy lunch in the Cultural Center. Open to all! For more information, contact Marty at 760-873-3584. More information on the flyer.

Stay Cool in the Pool - Lots of Summer Activities at the Bishop City Pool!
  • Toiyabe WIC Family Swim Nights - Wednesday, July 27 from 7pm - 9pm. Open to all Toiyabe WIC participants and their families. Play in the pool, healthy snacks, raffle prizes, and family fun! More information on the  flyer
  • City of Bishop Pool Swim Lessons, Water Fitness Class, and Dive in Movie. More information on the  announcement. Call the Bishop Park Pool for more information at (760) 872-7201.
Walking Water - Harmey Bancroft Scholarship
Scholarship opportunity to support youth tribal participation in Walking Water. Walking Water is a project that raises awareness of water issues in the Owens Valley. More information on the flyer.
Send us an email if you are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it listed here! 
Training Opportunities
Healthy Native Community Partnership Annual Conference - October 26-28 Community Wellness Forum - October 24-25
Two conferences back to back in San Diego. The Healthy Native Community Partnership is a national conference focused on communities making decisions about health and wellness. The Community Wellness Forum is focused on what is happening in California.  Community members are encouraged to attend. Find out more information here.
National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Public Health Information Coalition, and the Society for Health Communication are pleased to announce the tenth annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media to be held August 23 - 25, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Find out more information and register here. 

September 26-27, 2016 in  Prior Lake, Minnesota
The Conference presents a first-of-its-kind opportunity to share knowledge which can lead to improved nutritional outcomes within Native communities.
Tribal leaders, Native and non-Native practitioners, researchers, public health experts, and others are invited to exchange Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge; discuss current practices; listen to, connect with, and learn from each other; and candidly explore ways to overcome the existing obstacles to greater understanding.  Find out more information and register here.  

Want to attend but need financial assistance? We can help! Submit a funding request form to communitywellness@toiyabe.us. 
Healthy Eating
Food and Health in Indian Country
Inspiring anecdotes on how to advance work on federal, state and tribal policies relating to nutrition, food access and health outcomes within American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Native-defined problems, Native-advised funding, and Native-led solutions are usually going to be far more effective than top-down projects initiated outside of Indian country. Read the full article here

Eating More Fruit May Help Lower Blood Pressure
People who ate more whole fruits-especially apples, pears, grapes, and raisins-were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who rarely ate those foods. As for vegetables, broccoli and carrots appeared to be the best choices for staving off high blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables provide minerals such as potassium and substances called flavonoids, both of which are linked to lower blood pressure. Read the article here

Philadelphia Passes Soda Tax
Philadelphia will impose a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as diet beverages, and use the funds to expand pre-kindergarten and improve parks, recreation centers, and libraries. Read more here
Active Living
15 Minutes of Dailyl Exercise Reasonable Target in Adults
Fifteen minutes of daily exercise is associated with a 22% lwoer risk of death and may be a reasonable target for older adults. Regular physical activity has a better overall effect on health than any medical treatment. Older adults should progressively increase physical activity in their daily lives rather than dramatically changing their habits to meet recommendations. Small increases in physical activity may enable some older adults to incorporate more moderate activity and get closer to the recommended 150 minutes per week. Read the full article here

July is National Parks and Recreation Month!
Be a leader. Encourage partners, community groups and families to promote and discover parks in their community. Find your park here. #SuperJuly #Partnering4Health
Commercial Tobacco-Free 
Project EX - opportunity to offer Youth Tobacco Cessation Program
Dr. Claradina Soto (Navajo/Jemez Pueblo) at University of Southern California and Lou Moerner at Northern California Indian Development Council are working on a new research project that will focus on AIAN youth cessation. Dr. Soto and Ms. Moerner have been involved in tobacco work with tribal communities for several years. Their project is currently recruiting curriculum facilitators. There are funds to be trained as facilitators. If you are interested in being a facilitator, or just have more questions about the project, please contact Claradina Soto at (323) 442-8219. Find a detailed description of Project EX here
Minimum Sale Age and Other New California Tobacco Laws
Joining the state of Hawaii and 188 other U.S. municipalities, California passed a new law to raise the age of tobacco purchase to age 21, which took effect, along with other new tobacco laws, on June 9th. Read the press release from Inyo County Health and Human Services 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.