Local Impact - Wisconsin

Wanda McFaggen, St. Croix Tribal Member

St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

I am very grateful to the St. Croix Healthy Heart Program. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes it was pretty emotional to know I had to live with this disease for the rest of my life. Watching my grandson’s worried look and his asking if I was going to die was heartbreaking. I knew I had to get healthy to walk on this earth for a while longer-for myself as well as my grandson. He would ask me, “Gramma if you die, who’s going to teach me?”

Without this program and the educational aspects of life change and diet I could not have done it.

Today I am health conscious. Getting in as much exercise as I can, walking, traditional dancing, getting involved with traditional recreation and watching what I eat has done wonders for me. My sugar levels are within normal range. I don’t need medicine every day and I watch my diet. Diabetes doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I can pretty much eat what I want as long as I eat several times a day and in moderation.

We have cut many things from our home meals such as sugar and salt and we eat a lot of wheat products.

My grandson has learned along with me and that increases his chance of not becoming diabetic later in his life. We have learned together how important it is to be healthy.

The first step after becoming diabetic is the Healthy Heart Program!!

About the St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Triglycerides average decreased from 194 at baseline to 148 after 5 years as Wisconsin St. Croix Chippewa Healthy Heart participants. Baseline: 38% at goal (of less than 150) to 56% at goal at 5th year annual.

St. Croix Chippewa Healthy Heart Participants lost an average of 8% of body weight after being in the program for 5 years which exceeded the goal of 7%.

100% of Participants in the St. Croix Chippewa Healthy Heart Program for 5 years met and exceeded the LDL goal (of less than 100) with an average of less than 70 mg/dl.

Diabetes in Wisconsin

According to 2008 CDC data, approximately 293,000 people in Wisconsin – 6.5% 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 Wisconsin, the financial burden diabetes places on the health system in the state is staggering – in 2007, the direct and indirect cost of diabetes in Wisconsin was approximately $2.99 billion.

Stories & Progams

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The Poarch Creek Indian Community
Community Diabetes Support Group


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


Celia Milner
CHR Department, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians

Marlene Valentine -
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

Rudy Clark
Hualapai Healthy Heart Project


Case Manager
United American Indian Involvement

Jackie Patton
Chapa-De Indian Clinic

Amy Lemmer
Sonoma County Indian Health Project

Alberta Manuel
Sonoma County Indian Health


Mohegan Tribe
Uncasville, CT


Anela Lautalo


Christie Lussoro
Nimiipuu Health Diabetes Program


Becky Youngbear-Alvarado
Meskwaki Diabetes Prevention Program


Stephanie Crawford
Haskell Health Center Diabetes Prevention Program


Jena Band of Choctaw Indians


Aroostook Band of MicMac


Tracy L. Sagataw
Hannahville Indian Community Clinic Diabetes Program

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

Rebecca Price
Pokagon Health Services Special Diabetes Program for Indians


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


Pastor Thomas Ben
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program

Samuel Amos
Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Prevention Program


Faye Filesteel
Fort Belknap Healthy Heart Project


Clarissa Hoffman
Ho-Chunk Hope Diabetes Prevention

New Mexico

Judy Reuter
Santa Ana Pueblo
Elsie R. Pino
Ramah Navajo Heart Saver Project
Erlene Sandoval
Navajo Special Diabetes Project

New York

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Let’s Get Healthy Program

North Carolina

Ulela Harris
Cherokee Diabetes Program

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Cherokee, NC

North Dakota

Cheryl Donoven
On Eagles Wings Diabetes Prevention Program


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


Dylan Jones
NARA Northwest

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

Catawba Indian Nation
Special Diabetes Program for Indians

South Dakota

Pete Fills the Pipe
Pine Ridge IHS Diabetes Prevention Program


Reggie Martinez
Uintah & Ouray IHS Clinic - Healthy Heart Project


Christina Hicks
SDPI-Community Direct Diabetes Grant
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

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


Marion Reynolds
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wanda McFaggen
St. Croix Healthy Heart Program

Wendell Waukau
Menominee Diabetes Program


Regina Whiteplume
Eastern Shoshone Diabetes Program