September 2015

You are receiving this email from the Community Wellness Program in the 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 for our Native American communities in the Eastern Sierra.  

We hope that you find this newsletter useful, informative, and engaging.  Please forward this to anyone else that you think may benefit from reading it.  Thank you, Rick, Kate, Serena and Katie.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Toiyabe Indian Health Project and the Community Wellness Program encourages your family to make healthy changes together.
  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods. Click on this link to find more information on helping kids eat more fruits and vegetables!!
  • Help promote Team Inyo For Healthy Kids Turn off the Screen month! See more information below.
Local Program Updates 
REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health
The REACH program saw it's mid-year progress reports in from all of our community partners. There are a lot of exciting food system opportunities happening throughout the Eastern Sierra  in our Tribal communities! Here are some highlights from all of the great work going on!
3 little piggies
  • Owens Valley Career Development Community Tribal Agriculture Program has created not only an apiary (beehive and colony) but has also introduced 5 pigs to their operation making this project a very robust little farm! Stop by their garden behind the Bishop Paiute Elders Center to see a robust garden in full production!
  • Lone Pine has been hard at work growing amazing vegetables for the community and building a solar dehydrator for food preservation! 
Jen Schlaich selling fresh produce to community members
  • Bishop Paiute Community Market has been operating for two months and is seeing great success with their own  vegetable sales and in the community participation. If you haven't stopped by on Friday night, you should! 
  • Bridgeport Indian Colony has been busy creating amazing community outreach and education available to their community members. The Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) program is hosting workshops on everything from bee keeping to drum making!
PICH: Partnerships to Improve Community Health
In August the PICH sub-recipients turned in their Mid-Term Reports, and here are a few highlights from the progress of their projects! We will continue to highlight all the projects in the coming months. 

Bishop Paiute Tribe Wellness Center
The CDD staff at Bishop Paiute Tribe led by Charles England completed a set of pre-development elevations, floor and site plans for the proposed Fitness/Wellness Center on Barlow. The BPT is now in a good place to have the plans ready to submit for a 2016 ICDBG grant to cover the costs of constructing the building!
Bishop Indian Head Start
A partnership between Mitch David with the Bishop Paiute Tribe Public Works and Maintenance Department and Susie Cisneros with Bishop Indian Head Start has led to clearing and expansion of the preschool play area. They have installed irrigation and fencing and will be seeding the new play area. Susie said, "Our dreams are not dreams any more, but a reality that can be smelled, heard, seen, touched, and soon to be tasted!"
City of Bishop
Waylon Cleland, City of Bishop Recreation Supervisor, and City of Bishop Public Works and Park Staff removed decomposed granite from Ball Fields 1 and 2 and replaced it with professional grade clay infield mix and installed new bases and pitching rubbers. The new field will benefit the community including Bishop High and Junior Varsity Girls Softball, Eastern Sierra Girls Softball, Bishop Little League, and the City of Bishop Softball League. This year there were 28 teams with about 500 players!
Radio Show Contractor
Requesting Bids!
The Toiyabe Community Wellness Program is requesting bids to undertake contracted communications work for the time period of October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016. 
Deadlines to submit bid is 5:00pm on Friday, September 18, 2015.
Contact Kate Morley at 760-873-8851 or with any questions.
CDC Project Funding Update
We would like to pass on information that we received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the funding status of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Healthy (REACH) and Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grants funding our Community Wellness Program.
CDC has advised us that, at present, we are only guaranteed funding through September 30, 2016. As you probably know, we were expecting funding through September 30, 2017.  Although it's still possible that the US Congress will fund us until September 30, 2017, a more likely scenario is that we'll only have funds for one more year.
Community Wellness will continue to make sure that our projects are able to accomplish as much as possible in this coming year, and begin to make plans for future funding. We  hope that we will have more information to provide you in the coming months as the budget it passed.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.
Resources and Opportunities 
Community Calendar

September is Turn off Your Screen and Turn Up Your Life month!  Find more information below.

Bike Repair Workshop, Saturday September 19,  Big Pine Wellness Center 
For the Big Pine Tribal Community, the workshop will focus on fixing flats, general maintenance and conditioning, including demonstrations on lube and gear adjustments. Read the flyer here!

Seed Savers Workshop 
Bishop: Monday September 20 and Tuesday September 21
Join the Bishop Paiute Tribe and Rowan White for the second Seed Savers workshop and learn about traditional and modern methods for saving seeds from fruits, vegetables and other plants. Contact Jen Schlaich for more information via email at or by calling 760-873-3584 ext 240.

First Nations announced it's "Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program"  Deadline: September 30th, 2015
Apply Here !
First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships annually to Native American  college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including  but not limited to : agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, horticulture, irrigation science, plant-based nutrition, and sustainable agriculture or food systems. 

Bishop Paiute Tribe Farmer's Market, 4:30pm - 7pm
Have you been to the market yet?? Did you know that the last day to join in the community market will be September 25th??? Don't miss out 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 if you are interested in being a vendor or learning more about the mar ket. 

Big Pine Paiute Tribe Farmer's Market, 5:30pm - sunset
If you haven't been yet, don't miss out! The market will be held through September 18th, so stop by the Big Pine Paiute tribal farmer's market!! The market is every  Friday night!   Visit their Facebook page at Nawanaki-ti Market or contact Alan Bacock at 760-938-2003 for more information.

Are you hosting a healthy event and would like to see it here? Email
Healthy Eating
Best practices, resources and healthy food tips for you and your community.
  • Adult and childhood obesity rates are at a high, and we don't seem to be slowing down when it comes to big portions and the pride of fast food in America. Yet something strange appears to be happening: Last year, McDonald's sales plummeted in their third quarter. In the first quarter of 2015, McDonald's sales in the U.S. fell by 2.6 percent, and the company cited difficulties in staying relevant as one of the main factors behind it.  That's possibly because fast food may be on its way out, and sustainable, healthy food may be on its way in.
Active Living
Team Inyo for Healthy Kids is  celebrating Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by hosting the " Turn Off the Screen and Turn Up your Life!" event this September.  Screen time is any time spent sedentary in front of a screen. This could include televisions, videos, DVDs, computers, tablets, video games, and smart phones or handheld devices.  When you limit screen time, you give a child the gift of more time to read, engage in active play, and be a healthier child.
Help us spread the word to join this September to reduce screen time and increase fun! Families are asked to p ost a photo or write in what they are doing instead of looking at a screen on the Team Inyo for Healthy Kids facebook page to enter several raffles throughout the month. Like the page today!
Commercial Tobacco-Free Environments
Watch the Fun Video!
For more than fifty years, the Surgeon General has been reporting about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use. The findings have inspired us to help smokers quit and keep young people from starting smoking in the first place. We know the strategies that work and we are in the forefront of an historic opportunity to end the tobacco epidemic. If we work together, we can save millions of lives.



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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.