October 2015
Manahuu and Hello Serena, 

You are receiving this email from the Community Wellness Program in Toiyabe Indian Health Project's 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 anyone 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 is proud share more highlights from our project partners. There are a lot of exciting food system opportunities happening throughout the Eastern Sierra in our Tribal communities! Enjoy these highlights!
  • Bishop Indian Head Start has made                                             incredible updates
    New raised beds for Bishop Indian Head Start.
    to their school garden this year. With REACH funding and many volunteer hands, they expanded the   garden space to include new, longer raised beds, more orchard trees and greenhouse enhancements. They are making an amazing outdoor classroom for our community youth to grow food, learn   about plants and healthy eating and enjoying fresh air, sunshine and dirt!!
  • Big Pine Paiute Tribe Sustainable Food                  
    Orange Lutheran volunteer builds water retaining swale
                          System Project is making food sustainability a community activity on many levels. This year they continued their Friday night farmers markets and demonstrations in the permaculture/garden.They carried their mission further with community presentations at the school,held radio discussions on their new station KOGI (97.7 FM), and have been hosting community food preparation workshops!
  • Fort Independence made big steps forward in their impact on local food security this year with greenhouse enhancements to grow through the winter, increased the produce being sold at their travel plaza and had more community members volunteering to make their garden flourish than ever before! If you haven't seen the garden, stop by! It boasts over 30 orchard trees, a vineyard and large garden!
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
This month we are featuring four of our local Tribal Environmental Management Office's who received PICH funding to implement healthy living projects. They have all worked with their community to increase access to physical activity opportunities and healthy beverages. Read on to find out what they are up to!
Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation    
The Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation project led by Environmental Management Office director Mel Joseph, have completed a comprehensive plan to create a community space. Plans have been presented to their General Council, and will guide them in their Year 2 project activities, including a ball field, wellness center, and walking path.
Bridgeport Indian Colony
The Bridgeport Indian Colony project is led by Environmental Management Office Director Justin Nalder and their new Project Coordinator Colleen Tabor who have completed a plan to create a walking and biking path through their reservation. These plans will guide building the path and starting a bike check-out program in Year 2! Contact Colleen at  coordinator@bridgeportindiancolony.com if you have  any suggestions or questions about the the trail, or would just like to volunteer to help.  

Bishop Paiute Tribe
The Bishop Paiute Tribe project led by Environmental Management Office Director Brian Adkins and Water Quality Coordinator BryAnna Vaughan, are working to complete a design to expand the Conservation Open Space Area walking trail, and install a water station at the Bishop Paiute Cultural Center. They held a community field trip and workshop in August to gather community comment on their project. 
Big Pine Paiute Tribe
The Big Pine Paiute Tribe project led by Water Coordinator Alan Bacock, is installing a water station and basketball set along with traditional jump equipment at the community garden and farmer's market space.
The connection between the health of the environment and the health of a community is strong. Working together we can make our tribal communities healthy and active.
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar

Walk to School Day! Wednesday, October 7
Schools across Inyo County are planning Walk to School Day Events! Bishop, Big Pine, and Lone Pine elementary schools are all participating in some variation.Contact Karen Kong for more information if you would like to participate at  760-873-3262 ext. 412 or  kkong@icsos.us. 

Bishop Paiute Tribe Walk to School Event
Meet at the Bishop Paiute Cultural Center,  7:00am light breakfast, 7:30am walk to school.  We will be walking the COSA path to school. Parents encouraged to participate. Click here to download the flier. Join us and help spread the word!

NRCS and FSA Health, Wellness and the Environment in the Great Basin Tribal Communities
October 13th, 2015 from 8:30-3pm
Fort Independence Indian Reservation Conference Room
If you are interested in the health of people and the environment in Great Basin and want to learn from local and regional experts on topics ranging from water health to food sovereignty, plan to attend this workshop. 
To reserve a space contact Rob Pearce, NRCS at 760-872-6111 or via email at robert.pearce@ca.usda.gov before October 8th, 2015. 

Toiyabe Road Run Registration Now Open:
Join in the fun this fall by registering for the 34th annual Toiyabe Road Run. This years run will be held on
Saturday November 7th starting at 9 a.m. Online registration is available through our website or by clicking here! This fun run/walk features a 10k run, 5k run/walk and a 1k family walk!
Sign up before October 30th for discounted registration fees!!
Understanding Historical Trauma: 
Friday October 23rd from 5:30 to 8pm at the Barlow Lane Gym
Join the Owens Valley Career Development Center for presentations and conversation on the impacts of historical trauma on our communities. A light meal will be provided for all in attendance. For more information contact the Bishop TANF office at 760-873-5107 ext 44 1
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.
  •   We can begin with the modern American diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. 
    adults are obese, and it's costing us $147 billion a year. The U.S. healthcare system is taking a look at how they can partner with food systems to provide patients with a well rounded, complete care package that includes the food system. Read the article in the San Francisco Chronicle here.
  • A 133-Billion Pound Problem: How bikes are fixing Denver's Food Desert Issue: Denver Food Rescue is saving millions of pounds of good food from entering the garbage, delivering to communities that need it most, all with human power!
  • Only about one in every 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables, a new government report shows. Just 13 percent of U.S. residents co nsume one and a half to two cups of fruit every day as recommended by federal dietary guidelines, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Read more on this report by clicking  here .
Active Living
Step it up! 
The Step It Up! Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities offersstrategies for increasing walking and walkable communities for people of all ages and abilities.
Click here for the Step it Up! A partners guide to promote walking and walkable communities. Watch the video to learn more!

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Micro Grants
Application Deadline: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 5:00pm Eastern.
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are pleased to announce a new micro grant program designed to assist local walking advocates in building on the momentum of the newly released Surgeon General's Call to Action. This one time award will fund 10-15 community groups up to $2500.00 for activities designed to increase local walking programming and stimulate community demand for infrastructure improvements that provide accessible, safe walkable places for the entire community.
Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments
California Tobacco Conference
California will be holding a Tobacco Control, Research, and Education Conference October 27-29, 2015 in Sacramento.  It has a science, youth, and programs and policy focus.  Here is a link with more information and the agenda.

Traditional Use of Tobacco and E-cigarettes - A Radio Show!
All Healthy People Radio Shows are now archived on our website! Listen to our most recent show talking about traditional and commercial use of tobacco, and many more!

Walking toward the Scared: Our Great Lakes Tobacco Story
Kate brought back this great publication from a conference she attended in August. Click here to learn more about traditional tobacco.

All Nations Breath of Life
A colleague at Toiyabe, Carrie Jones in the Family Services Department, shared this site with us, highlighting a  smoking cessation program for the American Indian community. Check it out for some great resources!



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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.