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September 2016

Join the Fight Against Childhood Obesity!


Childhood Obesity is Serious

Today, about one in three American kids and teens are suffering from childhood obesity, making it the number one health concern among parents in the United States, topping both drug abuse and smoking. Obesity is estimated to cause 112,000 deaths per year in the United States alone.

Statistics show that one third of all children born in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime. In a sample of 5 to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Childhood obesity has also been associated with a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • High cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Sleep disorders
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Hormone Imbalances
Many factors, usually working in combination, increase your child's risk of becoming overweight. However, childhood obesity is preventable!

Taking Preventative Steps as a Family

Children learn by example — improving the diet and exercise habits of your entire family is one of the best strategies to combat childhood obesity. Making small but permanent changes in eating and lifestyle habits may work better than a series of short-term changes that can't be sustained. Here are some steps you can take:

Encourage healthy eating habits.
Choose to eat more fruits, veggies, whole-grains, lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils and beans instead of highly processed foods.

Help your kids understand the benefits of being physically active.
Strong bones and joints, decreasing blood pressure, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing self-esteem, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Lead by example.
You can set a great example! Start adding physical activity to your own daily routine and encourage your family to join you.

Reduce sedentary time.
Encourage your family members to enjoy fun activities outdoors such as, bike riding, visiting a local park, playing hide and seek, or going on a walk.

Remember, childhood obesity is preventable! Together, families and communities, can spread awareness and join the fight.


Step 2 Success

A 12-Week Triumph!

Cherokee County’s Step 2 It program finished up on August 30, 2016. Runners and walkers began a 12 week training program to prepare for the Cherokee Holiday Veterans Run on September 3rd. The group had 3 different training programs: running, walking, and run/walk. The training programs advanced each week to build endurance with the participants. Several participants stated that they have lost weight by participating in the program. Others have felt their health has improved by attending the group sessions. Cherokee Nation along with Cherokee County Health Department, Cherokee County OSU Extension Agency, Cherokee County Healthy Living Program, and Tahlequah BEST look forward to offering another 12 week program beginning in September to train for the Garden of Lights run. 

Channel 6 Visits Grand View Elementary

Students Learn About Health and Money Management

"TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma -

Third graders are getting a special lesson in healthy eating and money management, thanks to some Tahlequah organizations that are bringing farmer markets to students.

About 500 Grand View school students will be able to check out the market-to-school farmers market. And, thanks to special grants, they'll be able to use veggie bucks to buy fresh produce from local farmers."

Click here to read the full article!

Support Your Local Farmer's Market

Fairland Farmers Market
Saturdays 9 - 1pm
Click here for more information

Tahlequah Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
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Muskogee Farmers Market
Wednesday 9 - 1pm (May 4 - Oct.)
Saturdays 8 - 12pm (April 16 - Nov.)
Click here for more information

Ottawa County Farmers Market
Saturdays 4 - 7pm
Click here for more information

Vinita Farmers Market
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Jay Farmers Market
Click here for more information

Stilwell Farmers Market
Wednesdays 8 - 12pm
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
Click here for more information

Nowata Farmers Market
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Westville Farmers Market
Wednesdays 2 - 7pm
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
Click here for more information

Hulbert Farmers Market
1st & 3rd Thursday - June through August
Note: Vendors will set up a mobile market in Hulbert near Lake Region Electric Company from 4 - 7pm. For more information please contact Marla Saeger at

Sallisaw Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
Click here for more information

Vian Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 - 12pm
Click here for more information

WINGS is Here

Ready, Set, Run!

Remember to pre-register for each race. Healthy Nation does not accept any race day registration. Healthy Nation also keeps track of race attendance. If you miss 3 races (that you sign up for) throughout the calendar year (January-December), you will forfeit your race privileges for the next 12 months.

Check out the WINGS Race schedule here.
Apply for a WINGS Membership here.
More on WINGS

Community Calendar

Healthy Events Happening Across Cherokee Nation

Step 2 It Walking Program
"Get Healthy Together"
September 1, 2016

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Holiday Veterans 5K Run
"Help Support NKH"
September 3, 2016

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Bee-Line to the Cure
"Help Support NKH"
September 10, 2016

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Nowata C.A.N. Canning and Food Preservation Class
"Learn to Properly Preserve Food"
September 13, 2016  

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Tecumseh Warrior Challenge
"Obstacle Course and Mud Run"
September 17, 2016

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"Cherokee Nation Community Meeting"
September 19, 2016  

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"Bird Walk / 5K Run"
September 24, 2016  

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Full Calender of Events
    September 7, 14, 21, 28, 29
    October 3, 10, 17

    Sonya Davidson 918-453-5000
    Ext: 6137
Healthy Living Campus (Old Bill Willis)
1296 Skill Center Circle Tahlequah, OK 74464

This is a 7-week class. Call or email now to enroll!
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