Page 2 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - April, 2016
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Program promotes healthy living

Wellness center focuses
on cancer, kidneys, HPV,
fitness challenge

The Chehalis Tribal Wellness SPIPA Cancer Program Manager Jen
Center Prevention Team hosted the Olson discusses the 10-year cancer plan
Community Event Dinner in the for the tribes.
Gathering Room on March 29.
Families fill out surveys and learn about good health during last month’s Community The 5210 Challenge is a community
Chehalis community members were Event Dinner hosted by the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center. initiative that promotes four daily
greeted at the door to sign in, take strategies to create a healthier lifestyle:
a survey and receive an information important because it protects against There are ways to detect kidney
packet explaining the evening’s events. cancers caused by HPV. The vaccine failure through blood and urine tests. n Eat five or more servings of fruits
Participants enjoyed a great meal, is recommended for preteen boys You can take steps to prevent or delay and vegetables.
visited with family, learned how to and girls at age 11 or 12 so they are kidney disease by controlling your
get healthy and took home a beautiful protected before ever being exposed to blood sugar and blood pressure and n Keep recreational screen time to
Pendleton-style water bottle. the virus. (See story on Page 6 for more getting your kidneys tested. two hours or less.
information on the virus.)
Elders, adults and children watched Pat encouraged community members n Engage in at least one hour of
a video made by Chehalis Tribal Youth Prevent kidney disease to come see her at her office, where physical activity.
last summer before gathering for a she can provide more help. The clinic
healthy dinner after the food was Pat Odiorne gave a slide show offers diabetes clinics monthly to n Avoid sugary drinks and drink
blessed. presentation about the importance of perform lab work, take blood pressure, more water.
your kidneys. About a third of people review blood sugars and medicines and
Cancer Program Manager Jen with diabetes develop kidney disease, make referrals for eye, foot and dental Participants completed a survey
Olson from the South Puget Intertribal and diabetes is the most common screenings that are vital to controlling before and after the challenge.
Planning Agency, shared the 10-year cause of kidney failure. diabetes. Learn more from the National They were given a Fitbit tracker to
cancer plan for the SPIPA tribes. Kidney Foundation at encourage them to get out and be
The plan was developed by the Kidneys have millions of tiny blood active. Participants also received a
Cancer Advisory Committee to keep vessels that act as filters. Their job is 5210 Winter Challenge certificate and a sweatshirt. A special
communities healthy and help prevent to remove waste products from the certificate went to Chris Ortivez for
cancer. It focuses on community-wide blood. Sometimes, this filtering system Toward the end of the evening, having the most steps!
and generational changes that raise breaks down. Diabetes can damage Christina Hicks presented tribal
awareness, reducing the risks for cancer, the kidneys and cause them to stop members who participated in the 5210 Thank you to all that took part in
providing services for early detection working. Failing kidneys lose their Challenge. The joint effort between the the 5210 Challenge. It was a great
and supporting those facing cancer. ability to filter out waste products, Chehalis Tribal Prevention programs commitment by everyone, and the
resulting in kidney disease. This can and the SPIPA Cancer Program began reward is a healthier you! Thank you
Educating the young and getting develop over a number of years. Jan. 11 and ran for eight weeks. to the SPIPA Cancer Program for the
them screened and encouraging older sweatshirts, water bottles and Fitbits.
generations to start healthier behaviors
are crucial steps toward achieving Evening wrap-up
these goals. The wellness center has
a great support system and people to Smiley stickers were handed out to
assist you in accomplishing these goals. everyone. Participants selected what
was important for a community plan
There is no cure for cancer, but to get healthier. It was a group effort as
there are steps to help avoid this deadly they prioritized what Chehalis Tribal
disease. Early detection is the best Wellness Center staff should focus
method to stop the spread of cancer on to accomplish this effort. Let’s get
and other diseases. Tips include: healthy together!

n Make sure to get 30 minutes of Participants in the 5210 Winter Challenge received certificates and sweatshirts at the event.
moderate exercise a day or two and a
half hours per week.

n Eat a healthy diet of five servings
of fruits and vegetables every day.

n Encourage and build a support
system to stop smoking. It also is
important to avoid secondhand and
thirdhand smoke.

HPV vaccine

The next topic of the evening was
about the human papillomavirus.
Anyone who is sexually active – even
if you have sex with just one person
– can get HPV. There is no treatment
for HPV, but there are treatments for
health problems it can cause, such as
abnormal cervical cells, cervical cancer
and genital warts. HPV vaccine is
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