Native Plant Foods of North America: Using Traditional Culture to Improve Modern Diets of Native Americans
Native Americans suffer disproportionately from preventable chronic diseases (such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension) that are managed and prevented by healthy diet and physical activity behaviors. Typically residing in widespread, rural areas, Native Americans generally have limited food access and calorically dense foods high in fat and sugar are often times more readily available or the easiest food choice. Historical food rations and annuity systems, fatalistic views, and social support are key contributors to diet behaviors. This presentation examines ways traditional culture or values may be embraced to promote modernized, plant-based diets to return Native Americans to healthy diet behaviors. Click here to learn more about the Telenutrition Center!