June 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 

Bridgeport Indian Colony has been diligently working on a walking and biking path through their reservation. With epic vistas of wide open skies, the path will be lovely for a walk or bike ride! 

The Big Pine Wellness Center has just finished refurbishing their kitchen. They have plans to offer healthy cooking classes and demonstrations. See the calendar below for upcoming events happening in the kitchen! 

On May 3-4, Toiyabe hosted a Tobacco Cessation Facilitator's Training, with Lou Moerner from the Northern California Indian Development Council instructing. Almost 30 health care professionals, from Toiyabe and other California Tribal clinics attended, learning tools and best practices to implement a tobacco cessation program. 

On Saturday May 14, Toiyabe hosted their first annual Health Fair! With over 200 community members attending, a fun and healthy time was had by all!
Toiyabe Health Fair
Toiyabe Health Fair

Staff Updates
Our Community Wellness Program team is made up of three staff who coordinate our projects and work with our partners! Our staff is the same, we've just re-assigned a few roles!  

Kate Morley is our Program Manager, leading the charge with our action plans, budget, and oversight of the grants. Kate will be taking over the Principal Investigator role overseeing both PICH and REACH, in addition to her Program Manager position.

Katie Larsen is our Project Coordinator, overseeing our project work in both PICH and REACH. Katie has been overseeing the REACH projects, and is thrilled to start working with our PICH partners as well! Contact Katie if you have questions on projects or want to partner!

Serena Johnson is our Communications Coordinator, overseeing our communications work in both PICH and REACH. Serena has been overseeing the PICH projects, and is excited to take on a new role having both PICH and REACH communication projects! Contact Serena if you have questions on communication or want to partner!
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.

Mariah David, Big Pine 

Where do you work or volunteer?
I currently work as the Supervisor at the Big Pine Wellness Center.

What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
My favorite healthy snack is organic popcorn sprayed with coconut oil and a dash of sea salt, better than butter I promise you!  My favorite physical activity is running, I love to run!  Nothing helps me deal with stress more than a great run with the Sierra Nevada Mountains as my view!

What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
While I am working here at the Wellness Center, it is my goal to help my community learn the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, not just for themselves but for their families as well.  I want my community to rise up and fight back against diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity!  My goal is to inspire my community to put health as number 1 on their priorities list.  My dream is for my community to be active outside with their children, to engage in healthy lifestyles that we can pass down to future generations.  My dream is for my community to feel great about themselves inside and out and realize their strength and power and just how much they are capable of achieving.  My dream for my community is that we will grow stronger physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  My dream for my community is that we will one day have food sovereignty and eat fresh from the earth and gain strength from the earth like we once did.  What does my dream for a healthy community look like?  It looks like power, strength, sovereignty and happiness and I will do everything in my power to take back the health that was stripped from us so many years ago.  

If you have a community champion suggestion for us to spotlight send us an email!
Community Interview 
Make a Difference in Your Community - Participate Today!
Our Community Wellness Program in partnership with Public Health Institute will be soliciting feedback on community satisfaction with current Toiyabe services through telephone interviews. The information will help us understand the current health status, health behaviors, and needs of the patients we serve.  Call 760-920-6610 to participate!! Click here to download the flyer for more detail! 
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar
Healthy Cooking Class - June 7, June 14, and June 21
The Big Pine Wellness Center in collaboration with the Big Pine Paiute Tribe's Sustainable Food Program is offering a four part series on Healthy Cooking, led by Joe Miller. All classes will go from 5:30pm-7:00pm in their newly renovated kitchen!  Reserve your space and find out more information here! 
California State Bike & Ped Plan - Regional Forum: 
Thursday, June 2 @ 1pm, 500 S Main Street, Bishop 
Cal Trans is conducting Regional Forums across the state with local agencies and key stakeholders to support the development of the first California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. You are invited to an open house as part of the forum to provide early input to the planning process.  Find the flyer and more information here. 
Support your Local Farmers Markets!
Bishop Paiute Community Market starts Friday, June 3 from 5:30pm - 8pm
at the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center on 2300 West Line Street in Bishop.
Big Pine Farmers Market starts Friday, June 24 from 5:30pm - dusk, at the Big Pine Tribal offices in Big Pine.  Support our local growers, artists, and food vendors by shopping at both of the markets throughout the summer!

Community Food Preservation Classes:
June 15 - Fort Independence @ 5pm - 8pm
June 18 - Bishop Indian Head Start @ 1pm - 4pm
June 22 - Big Pine Paiute Wellness Center @ 5pm - 8pm
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.
SNAP-ED Hikes: Lone Pine - June 21 @ 9am and Bishop - June 28 @ 8:30am
Are you up for the 2016 Snap-ED Physical Summer Challenge?  SNAP-ED will be offering summer hikes for families and kids this year in the Bishop and Lone Pine areas. The hikes in the Lone Pine area will be held: June 21, July 12, and August 2. The hikes in the Bishop are will be held: June 28, July 26, and August 9. Find the flyer and more information here.
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.
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.  
Sustainable Agriculture Education Association National Conference
Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31st, 2016, UC Santa Cruz 
The ecology of food systems: engaging interdisciplinary and applied education for a just and sustainable agriculture. This conference invites participants from across the agriculture and food system. The conference will focus on social justice and equity oriented educational programming and activities within the broader field of food systems. Register and find more information here. 

Want to attend but need financial assistance? We can help! Submit a funding request form to communitywellness@toiyabe.us. 
Healthy Eating
Calorie restriction may have some benefit for non-obese  
Even for people who are a healthy weight or only somewhat overweight, cutting calories for two years may lead to weight loss as well as improved mood and sexual drive, according to a new study. Interested in learning more? Read the full article in Reuters here.  
Higher Social Spending Correlated With Better Health Outcomes  
The authors of a comprehensive study "found that states with higher ratios of social services and public health spending to Medicare and Medicaid expenditures had significantly better health results on seven of eight measures compared with states with lower ratios. Social services spending was correlated with outcomes for adult obesity, asthma, mentally unhealthy days, days with activity limitations, and mortality rates for lung cancer, acute myocardial infarction, and type 2 diabetes.
Extensive evidence shows a clear relationship between social determinants of health and health outcomes, the researchers note." Read the entire article on the study here
FDA modernizes "nutrition facts" label for packaged foods
Refreshed design and relevant information will help consumers make healthy food choices.  The new Nutrition Facts label will include the following:
  • An updated design to highlight "calories" and "servings," two important elements in making informed food choices.
  • Requirements for serving sizes that more closely reflect the amounts of food that people currently eat.
Read the entire article here.

Creating "Choosy Kids" Through Healthy Eating Initiative 
With the help of a furry green alien named choosy with a penchant for fruit and grooving to pre-school approved beats, the "Choosy Kids: Farm to Belly" program is encouraging kids to prepare healthy meals with their families. Read the entire article here. 
Healthy Beverage
Water: How Much do Kids Need?
The daily amount of water that a child needs depends on factors such as age, weight and gender.  Air temperature, humidity, a person's activity level and his or her overall health affect daily water requirements, too. The chart below can help you identify about how many cups of water your child or teen needs each day. Read the entire article  here .

U.S. Soda Consumption Falls to 30 Year Low
Sales of carbonated soft drinks have dropped for the 11th consecutive year in the U.S. The message is spreading that soda is a health disaster, and increasing numbers of Americans are ditching it in favor of their health. This is one more example that we are winning the war against the junk food and beverage industries. Read the entire article here.



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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.