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Traditional Wellness

Cindy Martin understands the core of wellness for Native peoples. In motivating others to eat well, be active and mindful, she says, it is imperative to understand the teachings of our people to strengthen their intent.

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Disease severe for Native children

American Indian and Alaska Native children are particularly vulnerable to one of Indian Country’s most acute diseases: dental caries, also known as severe tooth decay.

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Reducing risk with nutrition

In Indian Country, access to healthy foods depends on a tribe’s location and resources. Food deserts are common. Over the years, most tribes have lost their traditional foods.

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Celebrating Doctor’s Day

Across the nation, there are an estimated 3,500 American Indian physicians and specialists in practice today and roughly 400 Native students are enrolled in the country’s medical schools.

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$5 million for nutrition

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community launches Seeds of Native Health campaign to improve access to good foods and reduce the rates of preventable diseases.

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Health care technology

Investments in health care technologies have made care and treatment more cost-effective, specialized, and in many cases, more attainable in recent years.

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Oral health legislation

New Mexico moved closer to addressing the gap on a statewide dentist shortage this week when legislators passed House Bill 349, which would allow for the education and licensure of dental therapists.

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Water is good medicine

On his journey to wellness, Omaha Nation member Ricky Sheridan gets back to healthy basics. He has been passionate about looking more presentable and adopting healthier lifestyle behaviors.

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Colon Cancer Screenings

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer among Northern Plains American Indians - a population with rates 53 percent higher than the general U.S. population.

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Measles prevention

Native American children receive the MMR vaccine at a higher rate nationwide than the general population. However, the exposure rates tell a slightly different story.


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