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       Healthy People
June 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!!

Local Program Updates 
REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
The REACH program has been busy in various communities helping spread the word that eating healthy is fun and delicious.
Using human power to blend green smoothies!  
Bishop Paiute Tribe 
Earth Day 2015
  • We made green smoothies at the Bishop Paiute Tribe Earth Day using only human power and the fender blender!
  • Benton Tribe hosted an Earth Day that collected hundreds of pounds of trash from the reservation! We planted tomato starts and learned about edible native plants!
  • Antelope Valley Community Garden celebrated its annual garden kick-off and REACH staff helped to install a large automated irrigation system and attend the community event to help promote growing foods for communities!
  • The "Healthy People Radio Show" saw it's debut on KOGI, Big Pine Paiute radio, with a discussion on why we should support local food systems in the Owens Valley!
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
Theresa Stone and Michael Arnell are the first community members to use the new water fountain!
The Toiyabe Community Wellness Program is an active member of the Team Inyo for Healthy Kids coalition, whose goal is to reduce childhood obesity in Inyo County. Recently, the coalition has started a new campaign to increase easy access to water by installing water fountains throughout Inyo County. The first water fountain was installed on the corner of Academy Street and Main in Bishop, to allow students and community members easy access to fresh and free drinking water while hanging out in downtown Bishop.

Do you have a suggestion on where another drinking fountain should go? Contact us to let us know! serena.johnson@toiyabe.us.

Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar

June 5: Mono County Health Fair, Walker Community Center, 10:30am-3pm, Free lunch, door prizes, bounce house for kids, bike rodeo, kids' bike helmets given away free and car seat safety checks, click here to download the flyer 

June 13: Health and Wellness Fair, Big Pine Wellness Center, 5K3K Fun Run/Walk/Bike, 2nd Annual Iron Man/Woman Competition, and Family Tug-of-War Tournament, for more information visit their facebook page


June 19: Bishop Paiute Tribe Farmer's Market, 4:30pm - 7pm
Join in the excitement of a new farmers market in your community. The Bishop Paiute Tribe will be every Friday at the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center at 2300 W. Line. Contact Jen Schlaich at 760-873-3584 or email   jen.schlaich@bishoppaiute.org if you are interested in being a vendor or learning more about the market. 

June 19: Big Pine Paiute Tribe Farmer's Market, 5:30pm - sunset
Stop by the Big Pine Paiute tribal offices to kick off the start their 3rd year as a farmer's market!! The market will be held every Friday night through September 18th and will stay open until the sun goes down! Visit their Facebook page at Nawanaki-ti Market or contact Alan Bacock at 760-938-2003 for more information.

June 27: Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers Market. Find locally grown fruit and vegetables. Saturdays 9AM-11AM. Behind Bishop City Hall on Church Street. For more information, contact Sue at 760-937-6768 or email bishopfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it here? Email communitywellness@toiyabe.us
Healthy Eating
Best practices, resources and healthy food tips for you and your community.
Chia, a native superfood!
Active Living
There was a lot of buzz last month around active transportation. The California Department of Public Health released a new school curriculum teaching students to walk and bike to school safely.

Safe Routes to School released three new factsheets to help overcome obstacles and allow rural residents the health benefits of walking and bicycling.

For the month of May, residents of Alpine, Mono and Inyo Counties were encouraged to cycle for transportation, fitness, and fun by logging miles through the  National Bike Challenge Website The National Challenge runs from May to September, so if you missed the May Bike Challenge - you can still join!

Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments


Eastern Sierra Tobacco Prevention Coalition
Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties

Smoking hurts us all. The cost of smoking per resident in Inyo County is $694. Tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease; 16% of adults in Inyo County currently smoke. These were the messages we shared at the California State Capitol at the Tobacco Information & Education Days on May 12, 2015. 


If you are interested in tobacco prevention in Inyo County, contact April Eagan at aeagan@inyocounty.us to learn about joining the Tobacco Prevention Coalition!


2015 National Tobacco Prevention Institute

Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 14 & 15

The National Institute serves as a forum for health and wellness advocates (Tribal, State, National, Non-Profits, etc.) to connect and share "what works" strategies, to explore issues and concerns, to discuss program and policy making and to build networks for supporting tobacco prevention, intervention and control. 

Click here for more information on the conference, and click here to register



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.
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