A Family

Making Tribal Health and Wellness a Family Affair

Exercise is Medicine

15 min. of Nordic Walking is equal to 27 minutes of regular walking, while giving the same health benefits as swimming.

At Tribal Health, we take a
holistic view of health
and see even more improvements when adequate exercise
is also combined with other healthy lifestyle initiatives.

Evidence Based


Pole Walking


1. Get adequate rest daily.
2. Get regular physical activity.
3. Eat more plant based foods.
4. Eat more whole-grain breads and cereals.

5. Choose healthy fats.
6. Achieve/Maintain a healthy weight.
7. Be free of dependence on tobacco, illicit drugs, or alcohol.
8. Maintain a cheerful, hopeful outlook on life.

American Indians continue to die at higher rates than other Americans in many categories*.

Members of 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and their descendants are eligible for services provided by the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.56 million of the nation’s estimated 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. The IHS strives for maximum tribal involvement in meeting the health needs of its service population, who live mainly on or near reservations and in rural communities, mostly in the western United States and Alaska.

The American Indian and Alaska Native people have long experienced lower health status when compared with other Americans. Lower life expectancy and the disproportionate disease burden exist perhaps because of inadequate education, disproportionate poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health services, and cultural differences. These are broad quality of life issues rooted in economic adversity and poor social conditions.

Diseases of the heart, malignant neoplasm, unintentional injuries, and diabetes are leading causes of American Indian and Alaska Native deaths (2009-2011).

American Indians and Alaska Natives born today have a life expectancy that is 5.5 years less than the U.S. all races population (73.0 years to 78.5 years, respectively).

American Indians and Alaska Natives continue to die at higher rates than other Americans in many categories, including chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, diabetes mellitus, unintentional injuries, assault/homicide, intentional self-harm/suicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.

Given the higher health status enjoyed by most Americans, the lingering health disparities of American Indians and Alaska Natives are troubling. In trying to account for the disparities, health care experts, policymakers, and tribal leaders are looking at many factors that impact upon the health of Indian people.

* Reference: Indian Health Service


Have a Wonderful Day Nordic Pole Walking
with Family and Friends in your Neighborhood!

Each step provides:

  • Better Posture, Balance and Walking Gait
  • Activates 90% of your body musculature
  • Increases levels of Dopamine, new brain cells, helps self-regulate brain to calm down
  • An Aerobic Resistant/Cross motor exercise generates better Brain Function
  • Reduces 30% stress and pain from back, hips, knees and ankles, improves Endurance
  • Improves Immune, Vascular and Lymphatics
  • Burns 22-47% more Calories than regular walking
  • Strengthens and balances the Para- Spinal Muscles
  • Improves your mood and restful SLEEP

Other benefits of Nordic Walking are:

  • Increase in exercise endurance
  • Increase in good (HDL) cholesterol
  • Increase in insulin sensitivity
  • Increase energy level
  • Increase muscle strength and flexibility
  • Increase in relaxation – restful sleep
  • Reduction in body weight
  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Reduction in bad (LDL and total) cholesterol
  • Reduction in bad (LDL and total) cholesterol
  • Reduction in blood sugar levels
  • Reduction in side effects of medications (steroids
  • Reduction in depression
  • Reduction in shortness of breath

Changing Childrens Lives

Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years due to inactivity. To heighten awareness, In February of 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama presented her ambitious Let’s Move campaign to battle the terrifying childhood obesity epidemic.

Exercise and Children

Do children and teens get enough exercise?

Recent studies show that only about one-third of American kids 6 and older get enough exercise each day. Many blame this on increased screen time, busy lifestyles and changes such as more traffic and less open spaces in which to play. We also know that nearly one in three children in the United States are overweight and children also become less active every year they get older.

What are the benefits of being active?

  • Increased confidence.
  • Increased strength and coordination.
    Active kids sleep better at night, are more alert during the day and perform better in school.
  • Weight control and decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other health conditions.

Kids and teens who are fit are more likely to be fit as adults!

Together we can change the world