November 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

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Local Program Updates 
REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
First Nations Tribal Food Sovereignty Summit: The  Community Wellness program, along with local health care providers and REACH  project partners traveled to Green bay, WI as a delegation from the Eastern Sierra to learn from, meet and share with national leaders in Tribal food sovereignty. The summit, hosted by the Oneida Nation, First Nations Development Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation celebrated it's third annual Food Sovereignty Summit and provided all attendees a wonderful forum for sharing and collaborating to build healthy food systems within our communities and across the nation.
While at the conference our Eastern Sierra delegates met with a wide variety of leaders, food systems experts and policy makers. They participated in hands on learning, toured the Oneida Nations food development projects, and learned more on why developing policy into our organizations around food systems support is imperative to making our communities healthier. For those of you interested in Tribal food sovereignty, follow First Nations Development Institute for the most up-to-date information on the 2016 summit.
Collaboration with Tribes from around the globe
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
As the sun rose on Wednesday October 7, 2015, 108 students and parents arrived at the Bishop Cultural Center to walk to school. As part of the International Walk to School day, our local youth were joining 1,700 students across Inyo County in walking to school. Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment.  

Many community organizations came together to make this event possible: Brian Poncho and Meryl Picard with Bishop Indian Education Center; Daniel Johnson, Bishop Paiute Tribal Officer; Tara Frank with the Bishop Paiute Tribe Cultural Center; Matt Larsen, Karen Howard, Katie Larsen, Bri Chappell, Margie Neer and Kate Morley with Toiyabe Indian Health Project; Karen Kong with Inyo County Superintendent of Schools; Talaya Allen with Owens Valley Career Development Center;  and Shuria Lewis with Bishop Paiute Tribe Family Formation; all came together for the common purpose of supporting our youth in leading active, healthy lives.
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar

Toiyabe Road Run
Toiyabe Road Run
Toiyabe Road Run
9:00am on November 7th, 2015 
@ Millpond Recreation Center, Bishop, CA
Click here for  race day registration

Are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it here? Email
Health in All Policies
Take a moment to watch these short videos from Center for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighting projects from across the country focused on  work site wellness and wellness as economic development. 
Some very  inspiring ideas!!

Wellness Creates Economic Development Opportunities
Wellness Creates Economic Development Opportunities
CDC Work Site Projects
CDC Work Site Projects

Healthy Eating
Best practices, resources and healthy food tips for you and your community.
  • A recent study reveals that no access to a garden between the ages of 3 and 5 years may be linked to nearly a 40 percent increased risk of developing obesity by the age of 7. To read the full article, click here.
  • The difficulty that many poor Americans face trying to eat well:
    The good news is that the nearly 50 million Americans who participate in the food stamp program are getting as many calories in food, on average, as everyone else.  The bad news is that those calories are coming from much less healthy things. Read the full article here from the Washington Post on why poor Americans are experiencing poorer health and wellness outcomes than those who are more wealthy. 
  • Study: Teens who eat a Western diet suffer poor academic performance:  Want your kids to bring home a 4.0 on their report cards? Then feeding them a Western diet - one full of red and processed meat, fried food, refined food, and soft drinks - is apparently not the way to go. Click here to read the entire article from Quartz.
Healthy Beverages
Check out this action kit from the Indian Health Service designed to assist tribal communities in promoting increased consumption of water and healthier beverages. The kit includes beverage assessment and tips for forming a healthy beverage team, as well as fact sheets on youth soda consumption, health consequences and examples such as the Lummi Nation's Stop the Pop Tribal Resolution. The Stop the Pop resolution prohibits using tribal money to buy pop and sugar-sweetened drinks for meeting or events, and encourages serving fresh produce at tribal events. Do you think your community would be interested in adopting a similar policy?
Active Living
Many Native American communities lack safe, affordable spaces where their children and families can exercise and play. Tribal Nations struggle with high rates of chronic disease, but they are also making significant strides in chronic disease prevention efforts. Opening up existing recreational facilities for community use is one low-cost way Tribal Nations can better promote health.
Shared use is a practical and cost-effective strategy to increase both physical activity and cultural learning opportunities among Native Americans, but due to the intricacies of laws that apply to Tribal Nations, shared use agreements can seem complicated.
This fact sheet introduces some of the legal concepts that are unique to Indian Country and may be relevant when entering into a shared use agreement with a Tribal Nation.
More information can be found 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.