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Eating Healthy and Nutrition

Traditional Foods and Recipes

American Indian Health and Diet Project

A Website devoted to recovering the health of Indigenous peoples. Free recipes.

Healthy Traditions: Recipes of Our Ancestors

National Center for Native American Aging at the Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota

(PDF, 88 KB) 

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.

What's Cooking?: Native American Recipes

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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.

Our Cultures are Our Source Of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS

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

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. (PDF, 91 KB)

Research and Education Tools

Development of a Culturally Appropriate, Home-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Curriculum for Wisconsin American Indian Families

LaRowe TL, Wubben DP, Cronin KA, Adams AK, Vannatter SM.

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.

Food 4 Thought for Native Americans

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region

Course materials for the class "Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources for Native Americans", as well as links to nutrition resource websites, videos, and other useful websites.

Healthy Weight for Life: Actions for Health Care Teams and Leaders

Indian Health Service

This 2011 publication provides evidence–based strategies for taking action now to improve your practice and your community. The guide also lists many online resources for healthy weight management programs and activities. (PDF, 919 KB) 

My Native Plate

Indian Health Service, HHS

12 X 16 inch, full-color placemats showing an actual size 9-inch plate area, divided into quarters that contain fruits, vegetables, starch, and protein.  The back shows a sample youth plate, breakfast, lunch, and another dinner plate.

Front of placemat (PDF, 1.09 MB)

Back of placemat (PDF, 1.84 MB)

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.

General Health Information on Diet and Nutrition

Aim for a Healthy Weight

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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. (PDF, 4.8 MB) 

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.

Healthy Eating Plan

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.

Nutrition in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

The Nutrition Source

Harvard School of Public Health

This site provides information on healthy eating and how to dispell food myths.

Food Labeling

Food Labeling in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

How to Read Food Labels (MedlinePlus)

National Library of Medicine

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label

Food and Drug Administration

Interactive Tools and Media

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.

SuperTracker

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA

SuperTracker 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.

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

SuperTracker 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.

Organizations and Programs

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.

Indigenous Food Systems Network

Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Nutrition Assistance Programs

Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

Weight Control Information Network

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH

Portion Control

Just Enough For You: Information About Food Portion

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.