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HEALTH TOPICS - EATING HEALTHY AND NUTRITION

Our Health

American Indian Health and Diet Project
A Website devoted to recovering the health of Indigenous peoples. Free recipes.

A River of Recipes: Native American Recipes Using Commondity Foods
(U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations)

Traditional Foods: Part 2
(American Indian Institute)
We're featuring a network of tribal organizations that are restoring traditional foods systems in 17 communities from Alaska to South Carolina. A common thread in this diverse network of traditional foods programs is the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Native Diabetes Wellness Program (NDWP). Blog post, 9/5/12.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
(U.S. Department of Agriculture)
FDPIR is a Federal program that provides commodity foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations. FDPIR NutritionTalk Listserv plays a role in promoting open communication and exchange of information between tribal communities, USDA, and other agencies and organizations that provide diverse nutrition education, materials, resources, and/or health-related services to participants in the FDPIR.

Health for Native Life Magazine
(Indian Health Services, HHS)
Free, online magazine, with articles about living a healthy life.

Healthy Traditions: Recipes of Our Ancestors (PDF, 88 KB)
(National Center for Native American Aging at the Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota)

Our Stories

Delores's and Evelyn's Story
(Wisdom of the Elders)
A conversation between a tribal diabetes coordinator and a person woman managing her diabetes about the importance of eating healthly.

Delphine's and Marvella's Story
(Wisdom of the Elders)
A health coordinator discusses an exercise program sponsored by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians, and introduces us to two womenm that belong to an exercise program at the Yellowhawk Clinic.

Our Cultures are Our Source Of Health
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Renowned Hollywood actor and Cherokee tribal member, Wes Studi, explains how American Indians and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. Studi underscores the wisdom of cultural knowledge, including gathering and planting local traditional foods and playing traditional games, to promote health and prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes [9:02 minutes]

They Made the Change - You Can Too! To Healthy Food (PDF, 91 KB)
(Health for Native Life Magazine from the Indian Health Service, HHS)
Making healthy food choices is easy. This article talks about changing bad food habits into good ones for better health.

For Researchers, Health Professionals, & Educators

Development of a Culturally Appropriate, Home-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Curriculum for Wisconsin American Indian Families
Peer reviewed article describing an obesity prevention intervention for American Indian families using a participatory approach involving three Wisconsin tribes. This program promotes healthy eating and physical activity for preschool children and their caregivers while respecting each community's cultural and structural framework.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans (PDF, 4.8 MB)
(Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture)
The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.

Healthy Weight for Life (PDF, 919 KB)
(Indian Health Services, HHS)
A comprehensive study aimed to promote and carry out healthy weight programs.

MyPlate Print Materials
(Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA)
Free, print-ready color infromation sheets and posters about MyPlate.

Toolkit for Health Professionals
(Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture)
The following resources may assist health education experts, such as doctors and nutritionists, in offering the latest science-based nutrition and physical activity recommendations to the public.

Tools for Healthy Tribes (PDF, 11 MB)
(The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
This policy toolkit provides technical assistance and tools on areas identified with the most potential to facilitate tribally-led ways within the participating tribes to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. The goal is to use policy tools and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of tribal leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate community change around healthy eating and active living.

Interactive Tools and Media

SuperTracker
(Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA)
MyPyramid Tracker is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.

Portion Distortion Quiz
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH)
Quiz yourself on Portion Distortion to see how today's portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago. You will also learn about the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories provided by today's portions.

Health Information About Eating Healthy for Everyone

Eat Right
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH)
This site provides guidance and tools on how to eat right. Over time, these changes will become part of your everyday routine.

FDPIR Commodity Fact Sheets
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH)
These fact sheets include a description of the USDA product, packaging and storage information, and nutrition facts such as serving size, fat and sodium (salt) levels, etc., and suggested recipes.

Free Healthy Recipes
(U.S. Department of Agriculture)
A variety of recipes is available to help you plan meals. All recipes are heart healthy and include important information about the serving size, number of servings, calories, and other nutrients.

Fruits and Veggies - More Matters
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS)
This Web site has nutritional information on fruits and veggies, free and healthy recipes and information on portion sizes.

Knowledge for Healthy Eating
(Harvard School of Public Health)
This site provides information on healthy eating and how to dispell food myths.

Nutrition
(MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, NIH)

Food Labeling

Food Labeling
(MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, NIH)

How to Read Food Labels
(MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine, NIH)


Make Your Calories Count: Use the Nutrition Facts Label for Healthy Weight Management
(Food and Drug Administration)
Make Your Calories Count is an interactive tutorial that provides information to help plan a healthful diet while managing calorie intake. The tutorial will help users to make decisions about which food choice is right for them using the food label.
(This tutorial requires the use of the Adobe Flash Player, which can be downloaded from Adobe Flash Player's Web site at no charge.)

MyPlate

MyPlate Print Materials
(Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA)
Free, print-ready color infromation sheets and posters about MyPlate.

SuperTracker
(Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA)
MyPyramid Tracker is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.

Portion Control

Just Enough For You: Information About Food Portion (PDF, 142 KB)
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH)

Portion Distortion Quiz
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH)
Quiz yourself on Portion Distortion to see how today's portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago. You will also learn about the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories provided by today's portions.

Organizations and Programs

Aim for a Healthy Weight
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH)

American Indian Foods
American Indian Foods (AIF) is a program of the Intertribal Agriculture Council that began in 1998 under contract with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The partnership was developed as a platform for American Indian food businesses to showcase their products and share tribal cultures with the world.

Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP)
(Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies)
This blog provides updates on the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) an academic research initiative of the Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies (approved by IRB: project #HS11-415).

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
(U.S. Department of Agriculture)
FDPIR is a Federal program that provides commodity foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations. FDPIR NutritionTalk Listserv plays a role in promoting open communication and exchange of information between tribal communities, USDA, and other agencies and organizations that provide diverse nutrition education, materials, resources, and/or health-related services to participants in the FDPIR.


Nutrition Assistance Programs
(Food and Nutrition Service, USDA)


Weight Control Information Network
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH)

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