Published On: Fri, Feb 15th, 2013

EBCI Health and Medical Program Highlight: Cherokee Choices

Cherokee Choices staff shown (left-right) Keahana Sluder, prevention specialist; Sheena Kanott, program manager; Karrie Joseph, Healthy Roots lead program developer; Tonya "Tinker" Jenks, Healthy Roots program coordinator; Catcuce Tiger, mentor/program assistant; Tara McCoy, behavioral change specialist; Robin Callahan, nurtition/fitness education coordinator; and Phyll Reed, office administrator.  (EBCI Health & Medical photo)

Cherokee Choices staff shown (left-right) Keahana Sluder, prevention specialist; Sheena Kanott, program manager; Karrie Joseph, Healthy Roots lead program developer; Tonya “Tinker” Jenks, Healthy Roots program coordinator; Catcuce Tiger, mentor/program assistant; Tara McCoy, behavioral change specialist; Robin Callahan, nutrition/fitness education coordinator; and Phyll Reed, office administrator; not pictured: Rose James, nutrition/education assistant.  (EBCI Health & Medical photo)

Cherokee Choices

Program description

Cherokee Choices works to mobilize the community to confront environmental and biological factors that put Cherokee people at higher risk for diabetes.

The cornerstones of this program are listening to the community and providing social support to increase physical activity and promote well-being and healthy choices, which can reduce the risk for obesity and diabetes. This approach makes Cherokee Choices different from the top-down programs typically provided by social service agencies. Our efforts include addressing issues related to racism and mental health; creating a supportive environment for community participation; and developing policies for schools, work sites, and churches that promote positive health changes.

IN SCHOOLS
Mentors work with elementary school children and staff to develop lesson plans on self-esteem, cultural pride, conflict resolution, emotional well-being and health knowledge. There is also a weekly after-school program to enhance teamwork, cultural awareness, and physical health.

cherokee choices new logoWORK & COMMUNITY

Nutritionists, dietitians, and fitness workers help tribal members participate in activities at their work sites that are designed to help them reduce stress, eat healthier foods and increase their physical activity levels.

Services provided:

  • Adult Cherokee Lifestyle Balance Classes (CLB)
  • Family Cherokee Lifestyle Balance Classes (CLB)
  • YOGA (During lunch) (Tuesdays & Thursdays) (Open to everyone)
  • Girls on the Run (3rd – 5th grade girls)
  • Jus Boyz running Club (3rd – 5th grade boys)
  • Walk-N-Talk (6th – 8th grade students)
  • Afterschool Program (4th & 5th grade students)
  • Remember the Removal Bike Ride (15 years and older)
  • Class mentoring program (4th OR 5th grade students)
  • Cherokee Community Wellness Team (Open to any healthcare professionals and community members interested in promoting wellness throughout the community)
  • Youth Garden Program (Call Tinker Jenks for more information 828-554-6788)
  • Trail advocacy

Contact person

Sheena Kanott, MPH

Program Manager- Cherokee Choices

Office phone: (828)-554-6782

Email: sheekano@nc-cherokee.com

 

Location –where is service provided

  • Physical Address:

Ginger Lynn Welch Complex

806 Acquoni Road

Suite # 200

Cherokee, NC 28719

 

  • Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 666

Cherokee, NC 28719

 

  • Website:

http://www.cherokee-hmd.com/cherokee-choices/index.html

Hours of services

Monday – Friday

7:45am – 4:30pm

(Note: Hours of operation can vary due to program activities, ect)

Eligibility requirements

All services are offered to EBCI tribal members. Non-enrolled members are always encouraged to participate as well.

– EBCI Health & Medical 

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