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Posted: March 6, 2013

“Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health” PSAs

Traditional knowledge about health and its role in preventing type 2 diabetes

Actor Wes Studi approaches stickball game being filmed for a public service announcement in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of the Cherokee Nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) Native Diabetes Wellness Program (NDWP) and the Traditional Foods Program’s tribal partners are pleased to announce the availability of 30- and 60- second video public service announcements (PSA) and an 8-minute video entitled Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health. The PSAs highlight the wisdom of cultural knowledge, including harvesting local foods and playing traditional games, in promoting health and preventing diseases like type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities...

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PSA Footage Includes: Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health, featuring Wes Studi; videos are available in 30- seconds, 60- seconds, and 8-minute lengths. 


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In the News

Lifetime Network’s The Balancing Act Featuring Red Lake Nation Fisheries and Foods (11/6/2012)

Cherokee One Feather: Oconaluftee Track Trail opens (10/7/12)

Skagit Valley Herald: Swinomish get back to their roots (9/22/12)

Indian Country Today: Healing Gardens: New Challenges Mean Innovative Solutions for the Ramah Navajo (9/20/2012)

California Watch: Tribal clinic uses native foods to fight diabetes (04/2012)

Indian Country Today: Standing Rock Sioux Harvest Gardens and Buffalo to Fight Diabetes and Restore Health (11/29/12)

Indian Country Today: Through the Eyes of the Eagle Exhibit Promotes Traditional Healthy Foods. (11/10/11)

The Huffington Post: Buffalo gardeners: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Harvest Bison, Gardens to Restore Health (12/7/11)

MSNBC: Indian tribe turns to tradition to fight diabetes (12/9/11)

Publication MMWR. Native Diabetes Wellness Program Commemorates Native American Heritage Month (11/25/11)

Native News Network: Native Diabetes Wellness Program Commemorates Native American Heritage Month (12/11)

Indian Country Today: Potawatomi traditional gardener promotes growing healthy foods (10/20/2011)

USA Today: Native Americans embrace tradition to defeat diabetes (6/24/2010)

Native News Media: Native American Traditions Return to Heal Diabetes (6/27/ 2010).

Indian Country Today: CDC Promotes Traditional Foods as a Diabetes Safeguard: New Five-Year Grant Program Supports Gardening, Gathering, and More. (8/7/2010)

Indian Country Today: Diabetes Prevention grants have unexpected side effects (8/7/2010)(hard copy available; no longer live)

Indian Country Today: Attendees share challenges and successes (8/7/2010) (hard copy available; no longer live)

Indian Country Today: Gardeners Fight Diabetes with Homegrown Foods: CDC Grant Helps Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Native Gardens Project Plan for a Healthier Future. (11/3/2009) (hard copy available; no longer live)

Indian Country Today: Communities take a holistic stance on diabetes prevention. (11/3/2009) (hard copy available; no longer live)

Traditional Foods Movement

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: For American Indian chef, traditional cuisine is a spiritual pursuit (10/30/2012)

Indian Country Today: AAIP: Fight Non-Traditional Challenges With Family Preservation and Healthy Living (10/2/2012)

WBAY-TV Video: School Lunches Straight from the Oneida Farm (8/27/120)

Indian Country Today: Restoring Heritage Cuisines and Indigenous Agroecosystems to Address Obesity, Malnutrition and Trauma (8/10/2012)

Voices of America Video: Eat Traditional Foods, Fight Diabetes (05/10)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Native American ceremony marks growing season's start (5/17/12)

Bastyr University News: Feeding the Spirit: Nutritionist Helps Tribes Rediscover Traditional Foods (2/09/12)

Navajo Times: Traditional foods key to fighting diabetes (12/10/10)

Unnatural Causes Video: Tohono O’odham Community Action-Cultural Renewal to Improve Health (7/03/08)

New York Times: Native Food Flourish Again (11/23/2005)

Washington Post: The New Focus on Native American Cooking (9/24/12)

Minnesota Public Radio: Traditional food may ease diabetes epidemic among American Indians (12/21/01)

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National Indian Health Board
50 F St NW, Suite 600 | Washington, DC 20001 | Phone: 202-507-4070 | Email: [email protected]