Not as Steep as Kanine Ridge

COME  join the Wellness Walk next Tuesday, May 10.  At 10:30am we’ll start at the bottom of the hill at the July Grounds near Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and march up to Tamástslikt.  From 11am to noon, Nixyáawii School, Head Start, and all of us will tour the exhibit, OMSI’s Amazing Feats of Aging (free admission for this event).  Between noon and 12:30pm, FREE LUNCH is served in the Tamástslikt theater for those who walked–½ a sandwich and a cup of salmon corn chowder. 

Why be well?  In our “Amazing Feats of Aging” exhibit, there is a case study of couch potato rats, rats who lived their whole lives in cages.  When they were stimulated with fun activities and toys, they sprang back to life and were happy to be alive again, and it showed in their lab values.  Our goal should be, we all want to be able to tie our own shoes when we’re 70, 75, 80.  Better preserve flexibility and strength now.  Like the couch potato rat, it’s never too late to start a new habit.

Some employees say ‘bah humbug’, the Tribe only wants me to be well to save money on the health plan.  That’s true too.  But the Tribe wants you to move around a little in order to reduce your risk of dying prematurely, reduce your risk of dying from heart disease, reduce your risk of developing diabetes, and reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.  If you have high blood pressure already, being active will keep it from going sky-high.  Being active can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.  It can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, chemical-free.  Being active can help control weight.   Being active helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.  Exercise can help older adults become stronger and better able to move around without falling.  Activity promotes psychological well-being.  All these things the Surgeon General has pronounced about the benefits of exercise and physical activity.  So do it for yourself, start a habit of activity and do it seven times in a row so it becomes ingrained in your behavior. 

As our elder Tessie Williams says, kwáalisimnam  naknui tánam imíin wáwnakshash, “Take care of your body!”  This event is made possible by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center diabetes education program, CTUIR employee wellness program, Nixyáawii Community School, and Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.

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