MAY 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, Kate, Serena and Katie

Local Program Updates 
Nas ü w ü n ü-ti TOIYABE HEALTH FAIR
Spring into Healthy Habits!
We invite you to the first annual Nasüwünü-ti Health Fair on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9am - 1pm at our Bishop Clinic located at 52 Tu Su Lane. The event is free for all ages and all are welcome to attend. 

Interactive activities include free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, and blood glucose; making smoothies on the bike blender; planting a tomato; learning about and signing up for health insurance; and games, music, and raffles.  There will also be 20 informational booths highlighting services offered by Toiyabe as well as health information from county-wide agencies and other community health organizations. As you visit each booth, get your passport stamped to win fantastic prizes! There is fun for the whole family!

As a valued partner, we ask you to help share the event with your community, friends and family, and clients. Whether it is a post on facebook, email to clients, posting a flyer in your lobby, we appreciate your support!  Click the following links to download the flyer or banner and share. See you there!

REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
Spring is here and that means gardening!!
Have you had the chance to explore all of the gardens that are partnered with REACH? 
We want to celebrate all of the hard work that is already happening this year around growing local foods! Throughout this summer there will be lots of opportunities to learn and participate in the community gardens in your neighborhood. Be sure to connect with your local garden and stay tuned for exciting education and community gathering opportunities. Take a look at our interactive map here, to find out where gardening is happening near you!

Community Food Preservation Classes have begun!
REACH has partnered with the University of Davis Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension office to bring you Master Food Preserver classes in all of our Native American communities during the summer of 2016. 
We are excited that all of the classes offered are FREE and open to the entire public and will offer participants the opportunity to learn different food preservation techniques at each class. Class topics will include freezing, dehydrating, canning, jerky making and more! 
Here is a complete list of the classes being offered throughout the summer.
5/13/2016 12-3 pm -Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Education Center
5/16/2016 12-3 pm - Bridgeport Indian Colony Admin Office
6/15/2016 5-8 pm - Fort Independence Tribe Admin Office
6/18/2016 1-4 pm - Bishop Indian Head Start
6/22/2016 5-8 pm - Big Pine Paiute Wellness Center
7/23/2016 12-3 pm - Camp Antelope Clinic - Coleville
8/17/2016 5-8 pm - Bishop Indian Head Start
8/20/2016 5-8 pm - Big Pine Paiute Wellness Center
9/10/2016 12-3 pm - Bishop Indian Head Start
9/17/2016 12-3 pm - Big Pine Paiute Wellness Center
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
Another water station installed making water the easy choice every time! The Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation installed a water fountain outisde their gymnasium, so after school and on the weekend, children and families can always have a refreshing drink of water!
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.

Tony Brown -- Bishop Community Garden Coordinator

Where do you work or volunteer?
I am fortunate enough to be employed at the Tribal Elders Garden located on Barlow Lane behind the Elders building.
What is your favorite healthy snack or physical activity?
I try to eat as healthy as I can but have a sweet tooth that can be hard to please at times so to appease that one of my favorite snacks is a raw brownie! It's made with dates,almond butter,cacao powder and cashews! That's it!! My favorite activity is doing Crossfit!
What is your dream for what a healthy community looks like?
 My dream for a healthy community is for everyone to be conscious of all the things that they put into their bodies as far as what they buy at the grocery store and how bad a lot of this stuff really is for you! It would be great if everyone started growing their own food again!

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 people we serve. Click here to download the flyer for more detail! 
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar
May is Bike to Work and School!
Bike to School Day was May 4  and  Bike to Work Day is May 20 . You can get involved locally by participating in the May is Bike Month challenge. Visit the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District website to learn more. 
Coleville Walker Health Fair - May 20
10:30am - 2:30pm at the Walker Community Center. Fair includes lunch, raffle prizes, glucose testing and dental screenings, free custom-fitted bike helmets, bike rodeo for kids, and lots of information on services and fun activities! Click here for a flyer!
Mammoth Health and Safety Fair - May 21 @ 10am - 1pm
Shady Rest Park, Mammoth Lakes. Fair includes FREE Oral Health Checks and fluoride varnish (DDS Bishop), immunization information, free bike helmets, car-seat checks, hearing and vision checks, ID fingerprinting, and more!

Iron Woman Iron Man Fitness Competition - June 18 @ 8am - 1pm 
Big Pine Wellness Center hosts their annual event including a  Fun Run, Tug of War, Push-Up Contest, Food and Smoothies and much more! For all ages!
Send us an email if you are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it listed here! 
Funding Opportunities
Physical Education for Students
The  2016 PEP grant application is now open. The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education for students in grades K-12. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting State physical education standards.  Application deadline is May 20, 2016.

Healthy Communities
A healthy community is economically competitive, inclusive and equitable. The  Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge empowers small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact. They are  awarding more than $1.5 million in prizes to cities, counties and federally recognized tribes most able to show measurable changes in health and wellness over the next several years.  Submit an application by May 31, 2016.

Healthy Eating Research
 Healthy Eating Research has released its  2016 Call for Proposals (CFP) . This CFP is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.  The majority of grant funds awarded will be allocated to studies focused on some aspect related to childhood obesity objectives related to food and nutrition.
Healthy Eating
Researchers finds a "striking" new side effect to fast food consumption
"Researchers at George Washington University have linked fast-food consumption to the presence of potentially harmful chemicals, a connection they argue could have "great public health significance." Specifically, the team found that people who eat fast food tend to have significantly higher levels of certain phthalates, which are commonly used in consumer products such as soap and makeup to make them less brittle but have been linked to a number of adverse health outcomes, including  higher rates of infertilityespecially among males." To read more, click here

New approaches to preventing weight gain cut obesity risk in half among young adults 
More than one-third of American adults are obese, and many times the problems with weight begin during adolescence. In an effort to prevent weight gain among young adults, teams of researchers from University of North Carolina and Brown University's medical schools tested two different diet strategies that required self-regulation. Their findings, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed the most successful approach to weight gain prevention cut the risk of becoming obese in half. Read the full article by clicking here.

Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments
A lot of great progress is happening in tobacco control, here locally and at the state level!
  • City of Bishop passed an e-cig/vape shop ordinance prohibiting the vape shops from opening within 1,000 feet of schools and each other. In addition, the ordinance makes City Park and city-owned sport facilities completely smoke-free and vape-free.
  • Governor Brown signed bills raising the age to 21 to purchase commercial tobacco products, as well as regulating e-cigarettes as tobacco products. 



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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.