Monday, October 19, 2015

Powwow in Oklahoma emphasizes Native American health

Native American or Indian? I used to write for an Indian website--and they named it--so I am okay with Indian.

The American Heart Assn hosted the fourth annual "Honoring the Beat of Life" Powwow in Shawnee OK on Oct 17.

Sponsored by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma--one of 39 tribes in the state--the say included free health screenings, healthy food, activity demos, and bingo.

The ever-popular fry bread (ever had it?) was not served this year--too fatty. Some high-sodium traditional foods were also not in evidence.

Rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity in the Indian communities have been rising alarmingly.

Indians die at younger ages than the rest of the population.

Maybe that fry bread isn't the big treat some think it is.

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