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.
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