In Reconnecting with a Healthy Lifestyle, we hear from tribal leaders, health advocates and grassroots coalition members who are taking on wellness initiatives, promoting food sovereignty programs to increase access to fresh produce, and are seeking new ways to improve the overall health of their communities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native Americans and Alaska Natives are more likely to report their health is fair or poor compared to other groups, particularly Caucasians. Rates of diabetes, suicide and chronic illnesses are often higher in Native communities. Indigenous people across the United States are taking control of their mental and physical health using both traditional methods and Western medicine.
From urban gardens and tribal seed banks, to Indigenous smartphone apps to sharing traditional recipes, Native people are reconnecting to their traditions and culture to address disease and encourage others to live a holistic way of life.