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December 2016

Celebrate the Holidays and Your Health!


Stay Happy and Healthy Through the Holidays

The winter holiday season is a time of many festivities. Keeping up healthy habits throughout the season will help in overcoming the winter blues and reducing stress. On average, it's easier to gain weight during the winter, but it's important to maintain a healthy weight all year. So, here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe, active, and healthy during the holidays:

  • Bundle Up. Stay dry and warm by wearing appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  • Avoid the Flu. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Prepare Food Safely. Wash hands and surfaces, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate leftovers promptly.
  • Eat Healthy. Substitute ingredients like heavy cream, sugar and salt to lower the calorie count. Limit your portion sizes! Make the turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, and stuffing healthier by spooning on just a small amount.
  • Indulge Sparingly. Training yourself on what to indulge in and what to skip is a lot like budgeting—don't blow it on something that you can buy anywhere, save some calories in your ‘budget’ for those special, one-of-a-kind treats!
  • Stay Active. Too cold to go for a walk? Believe it or not, cleaning and shopping is actually burning a ton of calories! When the weather permits, play outside or visit a local community center for family fun activities.
  • Be Smoke-Free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks!
  • Manage Stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out or overwhelmed. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  • Practice Fire Safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don't leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.

Keep the Focus on Fun, Not Food
Enjoy the holidays, make time for activities, incorporate healthy recipes into your holiday meals, and enjoy your favorite holiday foods in moderation. In the long run, your mind and body will thank you!


PICH Annual Report 2016

A Look at Grant Year 2
We're excited to share and celebrate the success of the 2nd year of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant efforts. In 2016, Cherokee Nation focused efforts toward community-wide partnerships to promote "growing healthier communities where we live, learn, work, and play". Cherokee Nation knows that improving a communities health is not the sole responsibility of one agency or organization. The PICH grant funding helps address public health issues at the national, state, and local levels and is an opportunity to impact all people, including Cherokee citizens. We are thankful for all of our partners and progress during year 2! You can check out the full annual report here.

WindStrong Aquaponic Greenhouse

An Exciting New Brushy Adventure!

A partnership with Brushy Community Action Organization, Brushy Public School, Cherokee Nation Public Health, and Council member Brian Warner will soon pay off with the construction of a 20’ x 24’ WindStrong Aquaponic Greehouse right next to the Brushy Fitness Center. This greenhouse will benefit the Brushy students in many areas of learning as well as provide fresh produce year round for the school along with community organization. Future plans are to have healthy cooking classes that teach about canning and other ways of preserving food for healthier options. The greenhouse is planned to be up and running as soon as possible. It has been a long road with community members and the school laying the bricks, contracting for water lines to be built, leveling the foundation, installing water faucets and assembling the greenhouse. This is a new adventure for everyone in the Brushy community. Stay tuned for future updates!

A Farm Visits Fairland Elementary

Apples and Carrots and Pears, Oh My!

The farm-to-school program was a tremendous success among the Fairland teachers, faculty and students. The program not only gave all the children access to delicious, nutritious, and locally-grown produce, the activities also enhanced classroom education through hands-on learning related to food, health, agriculture, and nutrition.

The agencies set up tables outside and covered them with fresh grapes, apples, bananas, squash, zuccini, pumpkins, carrots, corn, and honey. Each child was given a green, reusable canvas bag and $12 in “veggie bucks” that acted as real currency to purchase any fruit or vegetable at the market. Not only will the fresh produce benefit the students and their families, but it also benefits the local farmers as well. All of the spent veggie bucks are used to reimburse the farmers that brought their produce to the event.

The students happily paraded around with their produce-filled bags as they eagerly awaited the opportunity to go home and surprise their families.

Check out the full article here!

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

Garden of Lights 5K Run
"Prizes Will be Awarded for the Best Holiday Outfits!"
December 10, 2016

Click here for more information

Nowata C.A.N. Farmers Market Garden Planning Class
"Learn to Plan Your Own Garden"
December 13, 2016

Click here for more information

Full Calender of Events
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