Catawba Indian Nation, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina will implement CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Component 1 project (“Wellness Warriors”) to increase health outcomes and decrease health disparities through multi-pronged approach of strengthening the Catawba food system, increasing access to community-centered healthy lifestyle spaces and activities, add a more streamlined and formalized integration of commercial tobacco cessation, the creation and implementation of a culturally-centered, Catawba Diabetes Prevention Program, and the creation of preventative activities and media for multiple age groups.
Catawba Indian Nation’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country project is designed to fulfill these outcomes:
• Increased number of places and percent improvement in places offering healthy food and beverages. This will lead to an increase in purchasing of healthy food.
• Increased number and percent of people using safe and accessible places for physical activity. This will lead to increased physical activity with an emphasis on walking. These first two policy, systems and environmental changes will lead to a decrease in obesity.
• Increased number and percent of sites, events and gatherings that implement commercial tobacco-free policies.
• Increased number and percent of commercial tobacco-using patients who receive tobacco cessation interventions. These two tobacco related outcomes will lead to reduced prevalence of commercial tobacco use.
• Increased number of community members at high risk for diabetes enrolled in a CDC-recognized type 2 diabetes prevention program offered in the community. This will lead to a reduced incidence of type 2 diabetes.
• Increased number of patients with high blood pressure or high cholesterol engaged in self-management and treatment programs. This will lead to a reduced prevalence of high blood pressure and cholesterol.
A variety of culturally relevant activities will be looking at land use design to help make it easier to trail walk, fish, hunt, garden and play. Food system changes such as increasing food sovereignty, easier access to low-cost healthy food, fish and game will all have health benefits.
Improved processes for linking people who want to quit tobacco, prevent diabetes, or manage blood pressure and cholesterol will also be initiated as well as new approaches to media and communications. Catawba Indian Nation is in the midst of exciting changes and this project will help with progress already being made.