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James O. Hill, director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado medical center in Aurora, says it is natural for us to gain weight in the food-rich, sendentary environment we’ve created for ourselves. “Our biology is not broken,” he says.
Permalink James O. Hill, director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado medical center in Aurora, says it is natural for us to gain weight in the food-rich, sendentary environment we’ve created for ourselves. “Our biology is not broken,” he says.Gallery

Obesity Findings

Obesity Findings

Researchers, physicians, and fitness and nutrition experts describe the biological and social forces that give rise to obesity and strategies for pushing back against those forces.

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Office Breastfeeding

Office Breastfeeding

Workplace breastfeeding under Affordable Care Act, Native style; Businesses across Indian Country adapt to new breastfeeding mandates but ACA provisions not straightforward for Native moms.

Headquartered in Rockville, Md., the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health is looking at new recommendations that hone in on strengthening the partnership between medical and dental practitioners to improve children’s oral health.
Permalink Headquartered in Rockville, Md., the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health is looking at new recommendations that hone in on strengthening the partnership between medical and dental practitioners to improve children’s oral health. Gallery

Dental Partnerships

Dental Partnerships

IHS Oral Health Division prioritizes new task force recommendation to encourage medical-dental partnerships to help combat tooth decay among children ages 0-2.

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Children’s Teeth

Children’s Teeth

Audio Story: Oral health experts say early childhood tooth decay affects Native children at a rate higher than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.

STEM Learning

Audio Story: Researchers look to culture to find the solution to underrepresentation of Native American children in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.

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Breastfeeding Obstacles

Breastfeeding Obstacles

Breastfeeding may be natural but it doesn’t come naturally without good support. Challenges of city living have urban Native moms forgoing breastmilk and reaching for formula.

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Dental Therapists

Dental Therapists

Lack of dentists in tribal areas is a multi-faceted problem. Could dental therapists ease the pain of oral health disparities in American Indian/Alaskan Native communities?

Adult Teeth

Dental health gains are not so evident for adults in Indian County since the last national IHS survey in 1999. Help has come too late for many Native American elders.

Urban Dental

While tribal and reservation dental clinics often lack sufficient dentists, Indian clinics in cities, where most Native Americans live, have even fewer — and sometimes none.

Jessica Greene’s 17-month-old daughter Emerie has only 10 teeth so far, but they’ve been inspected five times by Head Start workers, varnished with fluoride and checked twice by dentists at the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s clinic on the tribe’s reservation on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. After seeing her older son’s teeth damaged by cavities, Greene made sure her daughter got dental care early.
Permalink Jessica Greene’s 17-month-old daughter Emerie has only 10 teeth so far, but they’ve been inspected five times by Head Start workers, varnished with fluoride and checked twice by dentists at the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s clinic on the tribe’s reservation on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. After seeing her older son’s teeth damaged by cavities, Greene made sure her daughter got dental care early.Gallery

IHS Tooth Decay

IHS Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can undermine a child’s physical and psychological health in sinister ways. An IHS initiative steps up prevention efforts with new message for parents.