United Houma Nation


10 Aug

Taking the Complications Out of Diabetes

Posted by United Houma Nation on Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chief Dardar’s heart-felt words on diabetes last week and the affects it has had on the tribal citizens of the United Houma Nation remind each of us the importance of learning how to prevent diabetes or if living with diabetes to make better choices.  The United Houma Nation Diabetes Program was created out of a need recognized by tribal leadership as well as the staff of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP).  As the program and tribal staff prepare for this year’s powwow that will honor those living with diabetes, we are excited to tell you about some of the activities the program is providing to assist not only those living with diabetes, but every tribal citizen. 

One of our tribal citizens attended the Stanford Model Diabetes Self-Management Education training sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Unit. This certification will allow the program to offer diabetes self-management educational sessions in various UHN communities.  This training is comparable to sessions offered in the hospital and clinic setting.  This training consists of sessions that last approximately 2.5 hours for a total of 6 weeks.  Because the training requires a minimum of ten (10) individuals, we would love to hear from you to see if individuals in your area are interested. If you are living with diabetes and have questions that haven’t been answered or you need a refresher, then this training is for you.  If interested, please contact the program at the provided information below.

The UHN Diabetes Program is looking for recipes to insert in our very own United Houma Nation Healthy Eating Cookbook.  (A catchier title would be nice too!) If you have a recipe that is diabetes friendly and don’t mind sharing it with others, please submit it along with a little history about your dish (i.e. passed on by a family member, created it yourself, altered recipe you found online). The provided information will go into the cookbook along with your recipe.  If you would like to submit a recipe that’s not so healthy, the program has a nutritionist or two that can provide substitutions to make it healthy.  We look forward to seeing what you all have to offer.  Please submit recipes to contact information below.

The UHN Diabetes Program will be moving forward with the community garden in Montegut.  Please feel free to contact the program if you would like to volunteer your time to learn about growing your own food or assisting the program with educating those who are newbies to working with Mother Earth.  Also, John Silver and his volunteers have an awesome garden program going on at the Dulac Community Center - 125 Coast Guard Rd. Dulac.  If you are in the area, stop by and check it out. 

We will be starting our Photovoice Project soon.  The project entitled, “Diabetes through a Lens” will allow those living with diabetes and their caregivers to take pictures of those things that motivate them to live better with diabetes and those things that are a challenge.  We are starting this project in Houma but look forward to bringing it to other UHN communities.  Be on the lookout for the photo display at the powwow on September 20-21, 2014.

Lastly, the program will host a discussion group after the Tribal Council meeting in Lafitte on Saturday, August 16, 2014 to discuss health care and what it means to those living in Jefferson Parish and surrounding areas.  You do not have to be diabetic to be a part of the discussion.

For more information on any of the above activities, please contact Onita Harris, Diabetes On-Site Coordinator at (985) 223-3093 or email onita.harris@unitedhoumanation.org.  Thank you for reading.

You already possess everything to become great.   ~Crow