Guest Blogger: Wendy Zheng, Multicultural Initiatives Director
On February 18th about 50 Native American community members participated in the Healthy Native Hearts luncheon at Chehalis Tribal Community Center hosted by American Heart Association and Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center. Participants received cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings.
Native American children have the highest obesity rate in the nation, about 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese. Heart disease is the number one killer of Native American women. The hope of the summit was to educate and teach Native Americans about the risks of heart disease and what they can do for themselves and their families to prevent it.
Guest speaker Dr. Lance Ray from Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center gave a presentation on heart health, Life Simple 7 and tobacco cessation. LPN Ate’ha Triance led a 10-minute chair exercise during the event with attendees. In addition, a nutritionist from the Tribal Wellness Center demonstrated a healthy recipe of a berry yogurt parfait replacing the standard granola with quinoa. Tribal Council Chairman Don Secena joined participants for the luncheon, was recognized by American Heart Association with an award plaque and gave a brief remark emphasizing the importance of heart health for the Native community and commended the collaboration between AHA and Chehalis Tribe.
We are truly honored to work with the Chehalis Tribe and thank Tribal Council Chairman Secena for his outstanding support.