Native Food and Health Fact Sheets

A series of 12 Fact Sheets from First Nations Development Institute dealing with Native foods and health, including food sovereignty, diabetes, heart disease, federal food programs and eating healthy. 

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This fact sheet defines food insecurity and the necessity of Native food sovereignty.


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This fact sheet gives a brief history of Native food systems.


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This fact sheet gives an overview of Native food systems as an asset and how traditional food systems can be an engine for economic development.  


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This fact sheet gives an overview of type 1 diabetes in Native communities with statistics.       


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This fact sheet gives an overview of type 2 diabetes in Native communities with statistics.       


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This fact sheet covers heart disease, the leading cause of death among American Indians and Alaska Natives according to the Centers for Disease Control.  


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This fact sheet deals with the growing obesity epidemic in Native communities. American Indian or Alaska Native adults are 60% more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic Whites.


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This fact sheet defines food deserts, food insecurity and covers poverty rates in Native Communities


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This fact sheet covers the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), more commonly known as the commodity food program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), both managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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This fact sheet covers how traditional foods are an integral part Native cultural practices, values and belief systems and how the demand for healthier  foods is translating into entrepreneurship.


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This fact sheet covers  the movement underway in Indian Country to promote and preserve our cultures by retracing our steps to our traditional ways of harvesting, gathering and planting of food.


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This fact sheet covers the value of traditional foods for optimal health in Native Communities