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June 3, 2013
New Video from CDC’s Native Diabetes Wellness Program
The Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health video highlights the wisdom of cultural knowledge in promoting health and preventing diseases such as type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This video features renowned Cherokee actor Wes Studi and was filmed at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Type 2 diabetes is a growing concern around the world. American Indian and Alaska Native adults are twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In addition, Native American youth aged 10 to 19 years are developing type 2 diabetes at higher rates than youth in other racial and ethnic groups of this age. Tribal communities are engaging youth and families to reclaim traditional ways of health by harvesting local, traditional foods and increasing access to traditional games and dancing.
How you can help:
- Share the video on your website
- Watch the video with friends, family, and neighbors
- Talk about health and traditional ways
- Gather together to discuss what your community can do to support healthier choices
For more information:
- Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health public service announcements (PSAs)
- Available as a 30-second and 60-second PSA
- CDC’s Native Diabetes Wellness Program
- CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee
- The Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee
- General Information on Diabetes
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