The Cherokee Nation — Obesity and Tobacco Use Prevention

The Cherokee Nation — Obesity and Tobacco Use Prevention

[music playing] [Lisa Pivec] When this
information came out that this might be the first generation
that will have a lower life expectancy than their parents,
we decided that that’s unacceptable for us as Cherokees. We’re not going to allow
that to happen here. [Chad Smith] How much more of a
sobering call to action can you have? If that didn’t bring you to a
realization that something’s got to change, nothing will. [Lisa Pivec] Our ancestors
have perservered, and this is a challenge that we’re
presented with, and we’re going to succeed. [Gloria Grim] Heart Disease
is our number one killer. Smoking really decreased the
life expectancy within our own community. And secondhand smoke causes
the same types of problems that smoking does. [Cindy Sloan] The obesity rate
has gone up, and also, the percentage of diabetes
in our students. [Jeff Orr] You know, what we
saw was kids that simply weren’t going outside anymore. They had videogames,
DVD, MP3 player. [Lisa Pivec] Fast
food everywhere. There’s lack of spaces
to walk, to run. [Chad Smith] Lack of exercising,
convenient healthy foods. [Lisa Pivec] And we
want to change that. [Gloria Grim] Cherokee Nation
really is trying to make the healthy choice the
easy choice for people. You know, one of the easiest
ways to do that is by providing smoke free environments. [Brenda Harper] 60 percent of
my tenants were smokers before I made this a smoke free complex. [Female Speaker] On this campus
of this hospital, you’re not allowed to smoke. [Lisa Pivec] The use of tobacco
traditionally is very different from commercial use. Commercial tobacco is
disrespectful to the tradition, because it’s harmful not just to
your body, but it’s harmful to other people as well. [Brenda Harper] I think I helped
people to quit smoking by making it smoke free, because I’ve had
some come to me and tell me that they quit smoking because
they wanted to live here. [Gloria Grim] Then it takes a
wide variety of things to help people actually make
lifestyle changes. And so we rely a lot on
education from public health educators from our nurses, as
well as trying to get the actual family involved. [Chad Smith] CDC has been
very helpful for providing the resources and some guidance
as to how to refine programs. We’re very thankful for them. [Lisa Pivec] We have a lot of
people who say their children, their teens, their kids have
encouraged them to stop using tobacco. [Lisa Pivec] I think it takes
all of us doing our part. [Chad Smith] Cherokee Challenge
actually began with a celebrity run challenge I had for
a 15k in the Tulsa Red. It stimulated more walking
programs, better food to choice programs, so we just continued
and called it the Cherokee Challenge. [Jeff Orr] The community gardens
sit right next to the Cherokee heirloom garden. [Cindy Sloan] This is a project
at school to give students an opportunity to come outside, and
see what it’s like to be back in the garden. [Jeff Orr] The kids will plant
it, and we’ll have it in place by the time that school is out. [Cindy Sloan] Well the response
of the students has just been overwhelming. [Jacob Morgan] We have a great
community here, to be able to do a community garden, to help, you
know, others, realize the same thing that eating healthier
is a better way to live. [Chad Smith] We understand
that we have to make the better choices up front to be able to
be that happy healthy people. [Lisa Pivec] Ga-du-gi means
working together for the betterment of the
entire community. [Chad Smith] Ga-du-gi
is an old Cherokee word. It means come together and
work for the benefit of the community. [Lisa Pivec] We hold each other
sacred, and we take care of each other. [Cindy Sloan] We would not be
able to do this if it weren’t for the help of Cherokee Nation. [Chad Smith] The creator has
only given us so many days, so many breaths, so many moments,
and we ought to enjoy every one of them.

9 thoughts on “The Cherokee Nation — Obesity and Tobacco Use Prevention

  1. hmm, I wonder if these "smoke free" zones take into account the ceremonial use of tobacco… I notice the quick mention at 1:30 or so, but i still very much doubt people making the distinction between cigarette tobacco and k'nicnic… its also ironic, because we all know how well the goverments help has worked out for out people in the past…

  2. you are not Cherokee or native if you don't have respect and know  native ways in tobacco or marijuana you should no speak of things you don't know anything about in Cherokee ways you a want a be native

  3. these people want to dictate to others how to live your life and they will go to extreme to do so even lie about Cherokee things and ways that they don't even know about or have a clue on in Cherokee ways but they will tell you there Cherokee but there not anything in Cherokee just a lie and that's all they have aint that right no its wrong in a big way shame on you for your hate

  4. p53 gene in your dna if your lacing it your going to die of cancer and everything around you has cancer causing agent's and it only takes 1% out of 100% to have you die of cancer ( you don't rule god dose )

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