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New PSA Series about Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Now available: "Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health"

The CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) Native Diabetes Wellness Program (NDWP) and the Traditional Foods Project’s tribal partners are pleased to announce the availability of video public service announcements (PSAs) entitled “Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health.” The PSAs highlight the wisdom of cultural knowledge, including harvesting local foods and playing traditional games, in promoting health and preventing diseases like type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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.

 

The PSAs were filmed on site at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and feature representatives from tribal partners from across the United States, as well as renowned Cherokee actor Wes Studi, known for his movie roles including Avatar, The Last of the Mohicans, and Dances with Wolves.

 

The PSA series is available online:

 

·                    30-second video: http://www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/OurCultures30/index.html

·                    60-second video: http://www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/OurCultures60/index.html

·                    9-minute video: http://www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/OurCultures/index.html

 

Learn more about CDC’s NDWP and Traditional Foods Project.

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