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American Indian Healthy Eating Project: Tools for Healthy Tribes

Program Type: Promising Practice -Programs not formally evaluated (or formal evaluation is not yet complete) but identified by experts as programs with results suggesting efficacy and worthy of further study in broader pilot implementation efforts.

To accelerate solution-oriented strategies for tribal-level action, the American Indian Healthy Eating Project at the University of North Carolina worked with seven North Carolina American Indian tribes to create Tools for Healthy Tribes. This policy toolkit provides technical assistance and tools on areas identified with the greatest potential to facilitate tribally led ways within the participating tribes to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Lessons learned from tribal leaders and key informants were used to build the partnerships and the evidence base necessary to focus on and move forward the following approaches: • Tribally owned and operated community gardens. • Tribally owned and operated farmers’ markets. • Healthy powwow food and beverage options. • Healthy tribal store, mobile, and vending initiatives. • Healthy families, healthy food activities. The goal of this program is to use policy tools and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of tribal leaders to develop, implement, and evaluate community change around healthy eating and active living. This program is conducted with the cooperation of ten North Carolina American Indian tribes and urban Indian organizations. The Healthy Eating Project has been promoted through these tribes and through a variety of tribal-sponsored activities as well as community-wide activities in which Native American populations participate. These activities are also associated with local health departments and schools in areas populated by tribal residents of North Carolina.

Age Group(s):
Toddlers, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly

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Capacity building or empowerment, Overweight and obesity, Physical activity


Name: American Indian Healty Eating Project
Site or Location Name: Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Department of Nutrition
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 312-502-1060