Among Native Americans


Physical Activity and Nutrition among American Indians
A random telephone interview in 2000 was conducted as part of a national campaign or initiative to reach more of the Native American population. The name of the survey is REACH 2010 Native American Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (NABRFS). Data gained from the survey was used to evaluate the habits of all those included in the study. Questions asked included information about tobacco use, physical activity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, overweight and obesity. Results of the NABRFS found that there were higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in the rural Native American women population.
Cigarette smoking, being overweight, high cholesterol, and gestational diabetes were higher for rural Native American women than for the Oklahoma general female population, but lower than for the urban Native American women (14).
More information needs to be researched regarding Native American men and nutrition, along with physical activity.
Many of the Native American people today are low-income families who rely on commodities for their daily diet. Although these foods sustain them, much of the food given is not very healthy for them. Fresh fruits and vegetables are given sparingly while canned fruits and vegetables are given in abundance. Much white flour and oil is provided them and Fry bread is usually made from the flour and oil. Little fresh meat is provided in these commodities and much canned meat with lots of fat. 

Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

The Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control (CNCCC) Project assists in the development of networks and collaboration that produce an infrastructure for a comprehensive approach to cancer within the Cherokee Nation. Since 2003, coalition members and partners have come together to discuss the burden of cancer in Cherokee Nation. Coalition members and partners include local, regional, state and national representatives committed to identifying areas of cancer concern, planning interventions, prioritizing greatest areas of identified need, and then implementing identified strategies and/or providing needed resources. This is the second edition of the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and will serve, like the first, as an information resource for health care professionals and community members, as well as a tool for the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and its respective entities. The coalition is committed to the process of enhancing infrastructure for comprehensive cancer control in the Cherokee Nation with the ultimate goal of reducing morbidity and mortality among the Cherokee community.