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Sacred Foods Equals Healthy Lives

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.

The project is a juxtaposition of Traditional Indigenous sacred foods with modern Western diet to identify at risk families, particularly women of child bearing age and children by using our Nutrition Screening Tool to assess total mercury exposure routes to the body, distribution of a educational curriculum, and replanting wild fruit, nuts and berries in both Tribal lands held in common and lands of individual Tribal members.

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

Site Type(s):
Community, Clinic/Health Center, Home, School

Health Indicator(s):
Environmental Health/Quality , Health Education , Maternal Child Health, Nutrition , Oral Health, Traditional Healing

Service Area:

Asthma, Environmental change, Food safety


Overall Cost: $150,000.00

Name: Lea Foushee
Site or Location Name: North American Water Office
PO BOX 174
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Phone: 651-770-3861