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.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic diseases themselves.
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Anyone with an ongoing condition such as Asthma, Arthritis, Chronic Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, COPD or Emphysema, Depression, Chronic Pain or others.
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The DPCP's A1C awareness campaign sought to encourage people with diabetes to get an A1C test regularly by their doctor and to know what their A1C number is and means. An A1C test tells you about your blood sugar control over the last three months. It is the best way for you and your doctor to measure how well you are doing.
Know the importance of an A1C under 7.
The actor featured in the TV public service announcements (PSA) memorized phonetic intonations of the script in reverse. He actually spoke backwards (while moving forward) during the filming. In the final production phase, both film and audio were reversed, resulting in the effect of the actor moving in reverse, while essentially "speaking" forward. The final line, "you can't go back in time," highlights the importance of proactive A1C level control before complications spin out of control. Click below to view the television PSAs as it was recorded and is currently being aired.
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