Native Food for Life Online Program to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes
Contact: Shonri Begay, SMBegay@nacainc.org
WHEN: Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm, January 11 – February 15, 2022
WHERE: On Zoom
REGISTRATION: To register, please visit https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ubxlVJHPRXqzyUEKIVRbIw
The Native Food for Life Online Program to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes is a FREE six-class series that teaches healthy, culturally relevant, plant-based eating habits for individuals, families, communities, and workplaces where people have or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or gestational diabetes. Eating a plant-based diet is linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For those who already have type 2 diabetes, a plant-based diet has been shown to drop blood sugar, along with blood pressure, cholesterol and extra weight. Need for medication also drops.
“The precontact diet of Native American ancestors in what is now the Southern and Southwestern United States was largely plant-based,” says chef Lois Ellen Frank, PhD, adjunct professor, Indigenous Concepts of Native American Food, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.
Over the course of six 75-minute online lessons featuring cooking demos, nutrition lessons, and online discussions, participants will learn about the significant connection between food and diabetes, gain new cooking skills, try new recipes, and build new habits. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and support to make and sustain significant dietary changes. These changes can prevent and, in many cases, turn diabetes around.
Disclaimer: A healthful diet can improve health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, but this is not a substitute for medical advice.
The class details are as follows:
January 11, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, The Power to Heal Diabetes in Indian Country
January 18, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, The Power of Your Plate
January 25, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Blue Zones and the Magic 8
February 1, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Grains, Beans, and More
February 8, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, The Story of 2 Sisters (A Lesson about Digestion!)
February 15, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Virtual Potluck and Graduation
This class was designed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that works to promote disease prevention and survival through nutrition. This program was initially developed as a 12-week program at the request of the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program, with assistance from NNSDP nutritionists, as well as nutrition experts at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Clinicians and staff members at Sacred Peaks Medical Center, Native Americans for Community Action (NACA)/Lasting Indigenous Family Life (L.I.F.E.), and Kinlani Bordertown Dormitory in Flagstaff, Ariz., piloted this program and contributed further content. In July of 2021, the American Indian Institute, University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education offered the Native Food for Life Online, training AI/AN trainers to offer this program across the country.
For more information about Native Food for Life Online contact NativeFoodforLifeOnline@gmail.com
Please note that any information exchanged during the class is not intended to create a physician-patient relationship. The information presented in the lectures and materials is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.