Local Impact - Idaho


Christie Lussoro, Nez Perce

Nimiipuu Health Diabetes Program

"I am most proud of just being healthy today. Losing the weight is a bonus but I’m most thankful about reducing my chances of become diabetic."
- Christie Lussoro

Diabetes and heart disease runs in my family on both sides, so I knew I was at high risk. I was getting nervous because I didn’t ever want to be diagnosed with diabetes so I joined the Nimiipuu Diabetes Program. I was excited about getting started and couldn’t wait to begin an exercise program.

The program staff was so supportive and helped me customize a plan to suit my needs. They gently pushed me to increase my physical activity intensity level even when I would get frustrated.

I have lost 31 pounds overall, have more energy, and my old back problems have begun to fade away. I have learned that working out can be fun, relaxing and a great stress reliever.

Now my kids enjoy going with me to the fitness center which is also helping reduce their chances of having heart disease and preventing diabetes.

The Diabetes Program has given me access to a fitness center and fitness coordinator, nutrition services and valuable diabetes education that will have a long lasting, healthy impact on my entire family.

Diabetes in Idaho

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 81,000 people in Idaho – 7.4% of the state’s population – had diagnosed diabetes, and many of them suffer from serious diabetes related complications or conditions. In addition to the human toll diabetes places on people in Idaho, the financial burden diabetes places on the state’s health system is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Idaho was approximately $664 million.

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Alabama

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The Poarch Creek Indian Community
Community Diabetes Support Group

Alaska

Charlotte McConnell
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Lifestyle Balance and Diabetes Prevention Program

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
Annual Diabetes Walk

Southcentral Foundation Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Arizona

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Navajo Special Diabetes Project

Rudy Clark
Hualapai Healthy Heart Project

California

Amy Lemmer
Sonoma County Indian Health Project

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Alberta Manuel
Sonoma County Indian Health

Connecticut

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Mohegan Tribe
Uncasville, CT

Hawaii

Anela Lautalo

Idaho

Christie Lussoro
Nimiipuu Health Diabetes Program

Iowa

Becky Youngbear-Alvarado
Meskwaki Diabetes Prevention Program

Kansas

Stephanie Crawford
Haskell Health Center Diabetes Prevention Program

Louisiana

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Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

Maine

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Aroostook Band of MicMac

Michigan

Tracy L. Sagataw
Hannahville Indian Community Clinic Diabetes Program

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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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Rebecca Price
Pokagon Health Services Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Minnesota

Arne Vainio, MD
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

Mississippi

Pastor Thomas Ben
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

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Samuel Amos
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

Montana

Faye Filesteel
Fort Belknap Healthy Heart Project

Nebraska

Clarissa Hoffman
Ho-Chunk Hope Diabetes Prevention

New Mexico

Elsie R. Pino
Ramah Navajo Heart Saver Project
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Erlene Sandoval
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

New York

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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Let’s Get Healthy Program

North Carolina

Ulela Harris
Cherokee Diabetes Program

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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Cherokee, NC

North Dakota

Cheryl Donoven
On Eagles Wings Diabetes Prevention Program

Oklahoma

Terry Williams
Black Hawk Health Center

Allen Dale
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) Get SET & Fight Diabetes program

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Glendine Blanchard
Absentee Shawnee Tribe Healthy Heart Program

Oregon

Taylor David
Klamath Diabetes Prevention Program Cow Creek Consortium

Shirley Heath
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Jennifer Smith
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Larry Smith
Warm Springs Oregon Diabetes Prevention Program

Rhode Island

Mary Lou Stanton
Narangansett Indian Health Clinic-Diabetes Program

South Carolina

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Catawba Indian Nation
Special Diabetes Program for Indians

South Dakota

Pete Fills the Pipe
Pine Ridge IHS Diabetes Prevention Program

Utah

Reggie Martinez
Uintah & Ouray IHS Clinic - Healthy Heart Project

Washington

Buddy and Les Hoptowit (Brothers)
Yakama Indian Health Center Healthy Heart Project

Wisconsin

Marion Reynolds
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wanda McFaggen
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wendell Waukau
Menominee Diabetes Program

Wyoming

Regina Whiteplume
Eastern Shoshone Diabetes Program