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February 2017

Get pumped up!


Check-up On Your Heart

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both, the United States and the Cherokee Nation? The statistics are alarming, but there are preventative steps you can take to neutralize risk factors and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat Healthy. Eating more fruits and veggies and less processed foods can help decrease the risk of heart disease. Foods low in saturated fats, trans fat, and sodium are ideal. Other healthy options include high fiber foods, low fat diary products, and skinless poultry.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight and Be Active. A great tool to help determine if your weight is within a healthy range is to check your body mass index (BMI). It's never too late to start including regular exercise in your routine! Focus on achieving a minimum of 30 minutes (for adults) and 1 hour (for children) of physical activity a day. It can lower the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and so much more.
  • Abstain From Smoking and Commercial Tobacco Use. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease significantly! It may be surprising, but exposure to secondhand smoke is just as much of a health hazard. Quitting can be difficult, but you are not alone. Talk to your doctor about cessation medication and join a support program near you. There is power in community!
  • Limit Alcoholic Drinks. If you don't drink already, the American Heart Association advises you not to start. If you do, remember that moderation is key! Men should stick to 1-2 drinks daily, and only 1 drink daily for women. Any more than that increases your risk for heart disease, alcoholism, and the possibility of a stroke.
  • Take Your Medication. If you are taking medication to help maintain high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, adhere to your doctor's instructions carefully. Always ask questions and stay in close communication with your health care team.

Get Involved

Help spread awareness! Talking about the severity of heart disease is one of the best ways to encourage your family, friends, and community to fight back. There are many ways to participate. Locally, hospitals and health-focused businesses and organizations encourage getting "pumped up" by sponsoring heart walks, educational events, health fairs, and group activities. Nationally, Million Hearts™ is leading an initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Million Hearts™ brings together public and private partners to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Sources:, American Heart Association,,

Keys High School is Staying Smoke-Free

And They Want You to Be Informed!

Diseases related to tobacco use is Oklahoma's single most preventative cause of death. Keys High School is one of many schools throughout the state that have implemented the 24/7 Tobacco-Free Schools policy. This policy is designed to restructure the norms in regards to tobacco use in our community and offer preventative education. Pictured are members of Keys High School SWAT team redecorating their 24/7 policy bulletin board to remind students and inform parents and visitors of their 24/7 smoke-free campus. Keys High School will also be working on new signage this spring to help further increase visibility of their policy.

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 @ Floyd H Norris Park
Cherokee County Step 2 It has started a new session! The group meets at Norris Park.

Date: February 2nd, 6th, 9th, 13th, 16th, and 20th.
Time: 5:30 P.M.
Click here for more information

Smoking Cessation Class @ Cherokee Nation Vinita Health Center
Cherokee Nation is offering a FREE 6-week smoking cessation class.

Date: January 9 - February 13, 2017
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Click here for more information

Oklahoma Farmers Market & Agritourism 2017 Conference & Expo @ Embassy Suites
The third annual Oklahoma Farmers Market & Agritourism Conference is now accepting registrants!

Date: February 22 - 24, 2017
Click here for more information

Frostbite 5K and 1 Mile Fun'd Run @ Norris Park
This event is hosted by Tahlequah Public Schools Cross Country teams.

Date: February 25, 2017
Click here for more information

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