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To coincide with National Diabetes Awareness Month, Chickasaw TV is hosting a video series covering a range of diabetes related issues. This series speaks directly to Native Americans and type 2 diabetes. New videos are released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout November.
The Eagle Books are a series of books for Native American children, youth, and others interested in healthy living. The books promote type 2 diabetes prevention and encourage a respect for traditional ways, including physical activity and healthy eating. The series was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), in collaboration with the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee and the Indian Health Service, in response to the burden of diabetes among Native Americans and the lack of diabetes prevention materials for children.
The series was written by Georgia Perez (who served as a Community Health Representative for 19 years in Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico) and illustrated by Patrick Rolo (Bad River Band of Ojibwe, Wisconsin) and Lisa A. Fifield (Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, Black Bear Clan).
More than 2 million books have been distributed throughout Indian Country, the rest of United States, and abroad. To expand the reach of these vital health messages, artwork from the Eagle Books is now the focus of two outreach efforts.
Using Traditional Foods and Sustainable Ecological Approaches for Health Promotion and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities is a 5-year grant that champions 17 tribal programs striving to restore local, traditional foods, and related physical activity, while strengthening social support. From South Carolina to Alaska, projects reflect the wisdom of indigenous cultures as distinct as the land each partner calls home.
The grant encourages communities to track project efforts for program improvement and project sustainability purposes. Emphasis also is placed on the importance of communities recording and sharing stories about healthy, traditional ways of living.
Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health PSAs
Eagle Books Traveling Exhibit
Order Free Eagle Books from CDC
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