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Volume XI Fall 1999 Issue #1
A Resource Guide: Native American health promotion and disease prevention
by Jackie Two Feathers There are growing concerns among Native American communities today regarding chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes and their causes. Research indicates that changing lifestyles have led to an increase in heart disease and type 2 diabetes in Indian people. Many advocate returning to a traditional diet and increasing exercise to live a healthier life. Although there are many resources about nutrition and chronic disease available, few are Native American specific. Some of the nutrition resources in this guide are specific to particular tribes or regions, but they can be applied to other indigenous people. Not all resources could be listed due to space limitations, but this guide will lead to many useful links and additional resources for information.
PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS Indian Health Service Diabetes Program
The mission of the Indian Health Service (IHS) Diabetes Program is to develop, document, and sustain a public health effort to prevent and control diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The website has hyperlinks to U.S. IHS Diabetes Programs, a bibliography of publications from 1986-1999, and an excellent IHS catalog of diabetes education materials which includes videotapes, slide/audio tape modules, and books on diabetes and nutrition. For further information contact IHS-HQ, Diabetes Program, 5300 Homestead Road, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Phone (505) 248-4182; Fax (505) 248-4188. E-mail Lorraine Valdez at