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Arizona saw children’s obesity drop after WIC required healthier foods
Arizona saw children’s obesity drop after WIC required healthier foods (November 26, 2019)

Child obesity rates declined after the federal Women, Infants, and Children program increased access to healthier food products.


Vena A-dae Romero: Reclaiming our tribal communities from obesity and diabetes
Vena A-dae Romero: Reclaiming our tribal communities from obesity and diabetes (February 16, 2017)

From obesity to poverty, we change the words, we can change our communities.


Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house (July 12, 2016)

The Nevada tribe is hoping to educate its youth about the importance of cultivating their own food.


Delphine Red Shirt: Returning to a more traditional Lakota diet
Delphine Red Shirt: Returning to a more traditional Lakota diet (June 20, 2016)

As humans we can adapt to any kind of diet, and we have, as Lakota people, but what if we go back to our native diet?


Another $118K in grants awarded through Seeds of Native Health
Another $118K in grants awarded through Seeds of Native Health (October 12, 2015)

The money will be used to improve nutrition and access to healthy foods for Native youth.


New Mexico tribe combats high rates of youth obesity and diabetes
New Mexico tribe combats high rates of youth obesity and diabetes (July 7, 2015)

Diabetes cases grew 5 percent in the last 5 years and nearly a quarter of youth are considered obese by the time they enter high school.


Students from Oglala Sioux Tribe get close with First Lady Obama
Students from Oglala Sioux Tribe get close with First Lady Obama (June 4, 2015)

Avianna Garcia, 9, and Gabriel Brooks, 10, shared a lot of face time with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House event.


Native youth help First Lady Obama harvest White House garden
Native youth help First Lady Obama harvest White House garden (June 2, 2015)

Students from the Oglala Sioux Tribe Child Care and Development Program are taking part in the Let's Move! In Indian Country initiative.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country finds success in diabetes fight
Mark Trahant: Indian Country finds success in diabetes fight (May 19, 2015)

Indian Country has long faced the epidemic of diabetes with rates 2.3 times greater than the general population.


Lakota Country Times: Program brings healthy food to Pine Ridge
Lakota Country Times: Program brings healthy food to Pine Ridge (April 16, 2015)

For students on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation finding access to healthy and nutrient dense foods is often a struggle for a variety of reasons.


New Mexico reports high rate of obesity among Indian children
New Mexico reports high rate of obesity among Indian children (April 6, 2015)

Among third grade students, a whopping 52.8 percent of American Indians are considered overweight or obese.


Navajo Nation makes headlines as first with tax on junk foods
Navajo Nation makes headlines as first with tax on junk foods (March 31, 2015)

Starting tomorrow, the tribe will collect an extra 2 percent tax on sugary foods that are deemed to have little or no nutritional value.


Editorial: Shakopee Tribe contributes $5M for health initiative
Editorial: Shakopee Tribe contributes $5M for health initiative (March 27, 2015)

The tribe, which has become a philanthropic force in Minnesota and in Indian Country, has smartly worked in partnership with leading organizations that have done pioneering work in nutrition, fitness and wellness.


Opinion: Navajo Nation enacts 'sin tax' on unhealthy products
Opinion: Navajo Nation enacts 'sin tax' on unhealthy products (March 27, 2015)

The Navajos passed a 2 percent sales tax on pastries, chips, soda, desserts, fried foods, sweetened beverages, and other products with 'minimal-to-no-nutritional value.'


Andre Cramblit: A journey continues after weight loss surgery
Andre Cramblit: A journey continues after weight loss surgery (March 18, 2015)

Prior to my surgery I weighed 370 pounds and had a BMI of 55.


Andre Cramblit: Dramatic decision paid off for my health status
Andre Cramblit: Dramatic decision paid off for my health status (March 9, 2015)

Obesity has been a problem for me most of my life. Growing up I shopped in the husky section.


Leader of Navajo Nation signs bill for higher tax on junk food
Leader of Navajo Nation signs bill for higher tax on junk food (November 21, 2014)

The bill imposes an additional 2 percent tax on sugary foods that are deemed to have little or no nutritional value.


Navajo Nation Council approves controversial tax on junk food
Navajo Nation Council approves controversial tax on junk food (November 17, 2014)

The bill imposes an additional 2 percent tax on soda and sugary foods.


Members of Mille Lacs Band participate in weight loss challenge
Members of Mille Lacs Band participate in weight loss challenge (June 6, 2014)

Tribal members lost over 1,000 pounds during 16-week challenge.


CDC reports dramatic decline in obesity rate among children 2-5
CDC reports dramatic decline in obesity rate among children 2-5 (February 26, 2014)

The obesity rate among children ages 2-5 dropped 43 percent in the last decade, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Teresa Abrahamson-Richards: Tax sugar to protect Indian lives
Teresa Abrahamson-Richards: Tax sugar to protect Indian lives (November 18, 2013)

Teresa Abrahamson-Richards says tribes should impose taxes on sugary foods to fight high rates of diabetes and obesity.


Native Sun News: 'Let's Move! in Indian Country' hits a milestone
Native Sun News: 'Let's Move! in Indian Country' hits a milestone (June 21, 2012)

First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated 'Let’s Move! in Indian Country' participants with a short presentation that summed up their challenges on the program's first anniversary.


Series on food and nutritional problems facing Indian Country
Series on food and nutritional problems facing Indian Country (March 6, 2012)

"Tribal communities nationwide are working to fight the trend toward obesity and its resulting health consequences. Nutritionists such as DeWilde and Miller work with tribes to educate members about proper...


Shakopee Tribe to host grand opening for new health food store
Shakopee Tribe to host grand opening for new health food store (August 3, 2011)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota is hosting a grand opening this Friday for Mazopiya, the tribe's new health food store. The tribe is emphasizing local products and healthy...


Kevin Gover: First Lady takes on   obesity among Indian youth
Kevin Gover: First Lady takes on obesity among Indian youth (June 8, 2011)

"Bad health remains a major concern for Indian communities throughout the United States. Historically poor access to health care, the absence of recreational opportunities, and bad diets lead to a...


Indian youth will join First Lady at White House garden
Indian youth will join First Lady at White House garden (May 31, 2011)

Indian youth will join First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House this Friday as part of her Let's Move initiative. The youth will help the First Lady harvest crops...


Editorial: Praise Menominee  Nation for Let's Move! effort
Editorial: Praise Menominee Nation for Let's Move! effort (May 31, 2011)

"When the Menominee Tribe of Indians last week joined the national effort to end childhood obesity within a generation, we noticed. We took note not only because the Menominees became...


WUWM: First Lady launches Let's Move! in Indian Country
WUWM: First Lady launches Let's Move! in Indian Country (May 26, 2011)

"The office of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and four federal agencies launched Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) in Wisconsin Wednesday. The initiative is described as a...


Menominee Nation launches Let's Move! in Indian Country
Menominee Nation launches Let's Move! in Indian Country (May 25, 2011)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin will launch the Let's Move! in Indian Country campaign today. The tribe is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to combat youth...


Notah Begay combats  diabetes and obesity in  Indian youth
Notah Begay combats diabetes and obesity in Indian youth (May 2, 2011)

Navajo / Pueblo golfer Notah Begay III is hoping to reduce the rise of diabetes and obesity among Indian youth. Begay knows the ravages of the disease first hand: his...


Red Lake Nation tackles diabetes and obesity with new initiative
Red Lake Nation tackles diabetes and obesity with new initiative (January 14, 2011)

Several organizations are joining up to tackle diabetes and obesity on the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. “Ambe, odaminodaa!” means "Come, Let's Play" in the Ojibwe language. The initiative...